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International Medical Corps on the Ground in Chile, Following 8.8-Magnitude Earthquake
Date:3/1/2010

LOS ANGELES, March 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- International Medical Corps has a representative on the ground in Chile, coordinating with ONEMI (the National Office of Emergencies and Information) and assessing the needs at local hospitals and clinics, following the devastating 8.8-magnitude earthquake that struck February 27.  International Medical Corps is also gathering emergency medicines and supplies and has additional Emergency Response Teams of volunteer doctors and nurses on standby, ready to deploy as needed.

The earthquake was one of the strongest on record, sending tsunami warnings throughout the Pacific and triggering aftershocks as powerful as 6.9.  The death toll is now at 723, according to ONEMI, a figure that is expected to rise.

The quake struck at 3:34 a.m. local time and was centered a
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