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April 29, 2016
Chile ordered to pay $2.7 mn to 2010 tsunami victims
Santiago (AFP) April 28, 2016
A Chilean court ordered the government Thursday to pay $2.7 million to the families of 20 people killed by a devastating tsunami in 2010. The court ruled the government was at fault in the victims' deaths because it canceled a tsunami alert initially issued after an 8.8-magnitude earthquake rocked central and southern Chile on February 27, 2010. The Interior Ministry's National Emergency Office canceled the alert even though the navy had warned a massive wave was making its way toward the coast, ... read more

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