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One On One With a Reporter In Chile

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It was just before 10pm our time when I spoke with Reuters correspondent Alexandra Ulmer. Ulmer, based in Santiago, Chile, did not feel the big 8.2 quake. It was far to the north in the country. But, she pointed out that Chile is a country well-prepared for earthquakes. They have major ones. Even Cal Tech's Kate Hutton says in the 20th century there were seven in the 8.0 range. And, of course, in 1960, the biggest of all time was in Southern Chile. It registered 9.5. Thousands of people were killed. Damage was into the billions of dollars.

Ulmer say of the five confirmed deaths, so far, most seem to be from heart attacks that may have been triggered by the scare of such the 8.2 quake. She also says, preliminarily, it looks like this could have been much worse, but it is a developing story and stories like this can change very dramatically very quickly. She says the country's president is urging calm.

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