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Chile – already one of the most volcanically active countries in the world – has seen a chain of eruptions sweep across the Puyehue-Cordon-Caulle range. As many as 3,500 people have been affected, with the border with Argentina also closed.
Chile has announced plans to invest $400 million in its passenger and cargo port infrastructure, as part of an ambitious plan to bolster its image as a leading cruise destination. Plans include the expansion of the Port of Valparaíso, development of a new pier at Port Williams, expansion of the Port of Punta Arenas and enhancement of passenger facilities at the Castro Port on Chiloe Island.
Authorities in Chile have extended a curfew in the second city of Concepcion as they seek to quell looting which has followed Saturday’s earthquake. Electricity and water supplies in the city remain suspended, while food supplies are also running out in some areas.
The death toll in the Chilean earthquake rose to more than 700 last night as rescue workers struggled to find survivors trapped in the wreckage and powerful aftershocks battered the country. About 350 deaths were in the holiday resort of Constitución, and scores of tourists remain unaccounted for.
Catalina Huidobro, Press Representative Europe, Chile Tourism speaks to Breaking Travel News at World Travel Market 2008