No confirmed reports of American death in Chile: U.S. ambassador

09:29, March 02, 2010      

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The U.S. ambassador to Chile said on Monday that he has not received any confirmed reports of American death in quake-torn Chile.

"We do not have any confirmed reports of Americans who have died," ambassador Paul Simons said in an interview by telephone with CBS' "The Early Show."

But he emphasized that "information is still very, very scarce," considering the significant damage to transportation and communication caused by the 8.8-magnitude earthquake.

The U.S. State Department has issued travel warning against Chile and asked American citizens currently in the South American country, estimated to be about 1,000, to contact family and friends in the U.S. by telephone or internet, or resorting to the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

More than 700 people have been killed in Chile after the megaquake hit the country on Saturday, according to Chilean government calculations.

Source: Xinhua
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