Major Earthquake in Chile Leads to Tsunami Warnings

09/18/2015

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  • Officials in Chile now say at least ten people were killed in a powerful earthquake Wednesday night.
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  • A widespread tsunami warning followed.
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  • The earthquake shook northern and central Chile. Its center was about 500 kilometers north of the capital city, Santiago.
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  • People felt the quake as far away as Buenos Aires, Argentina.
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  • Strong aftershocks followed. Many people spent the night outside.
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  • Chilean President Michelle Bachelet spoke on television after the earthquake.
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  • "Once again we must confront a powerful blow from nature," she said.
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  • A 2010 earthquake in Chile killed 500 people and badly damaged the city of Concepcion.
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  • The head of Burkina Faso's new ruling council says the president and prime minister are safe in military custody.
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  • He said they will soon be released.
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  • Brigadier General Gilbert Diendere spoke to VOA's French to Africa Service Thursday.
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  • On Wednesday, soldiers overthrew the country's temporary government.
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  • The general said the military acted because the country's political process was unfair.
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  • He said he will start a political dialogue that includes all parties.
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  • Burkina Faso had planned to hold presidential and parliamentary elections on October 11.
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  • The Islamic State group has said that it responsible for a series of suicide bombings in the Iraqi capital that killed at least 21 people.
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  • More than 50 others were wounded.
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  • The bombings happened Thursday in the Bab al-Sharji area and al-Wathba square, two mostly Shi'ite neighborhoods in central Baghdad.
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  • Civilians and police were among the victims of the attacks. The Islamic State said it was responsible in an online statement.
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  • Officials in Chile now say at least ten people were killed in a powerful earthquake Wednesday night. A widespread tsunami warning followed.
  • 2
  • The earthquake shook northern and central Chile. Its center was about 500 kilometers north of the capital city, Santiago. People felt the quake as far away as Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • 3
  • Strong aftershocks followed. Many people spent the night outside.
  • 4
  • Chilean President Michelle Bachelet spoke on television after the earthquake. "Once again we must confront a powerful blow from nature," she said. A 2010 earthquake in Chile killed 500 people and badly damaged the city of Concepcion.
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  • Burkina Faso Military Takes Over Government
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  • The head of Burkina Faso's new ruling council says the president and prime minister are safe in military custody. He said they will soon be released.
  • 7
  • Brigadier General Gilbert Diendere spoke to VOA's French to Africa Service Thursday. On Wednesday, soldiers overthrew the country's temporary government.
  • 8
  • The general said the military acted because the country's political process was unfair. He said he will start a political dialogue that includes all parties.
  • 9
  • Burkina Faso had planned to hold presidential and parliamentary elections on October 11.
  • 10
  • Suicide Bombing Kills 21 in Central Baghdad
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  • The Islamic State group has said that it responsible for a series of suicide bombings in the Iraqi capital that killed at least 21 people. More than 50 others were wounded.
  • 12
  • The bombings happened Thursday in the Bab al-Sharji area and al-Wathba square, two mostly Shi'ite neighborhoods in central Baghdad.
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  • Civilians and police were among the victims of the attacks. The Islamic State said it was responsible in an online statement.
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  • Words in the News
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  • confront - v. to deal with (something, such as a problem or danger)
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  • custody - n. the state of being kept in a prison or jail
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  • dialogue - n. a discussion or series of discussions that two groups or countries have in order to end a disagreement