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Mar 1, 2010 1:30 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

USA providing earthquake help to Chile

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says the United States is ready to work "in solidarity" with Chile's leaders to help the country recover from a devastating earthquake.

Clinton tells reporters traveling with her in Uruguay that Chile has asked for communications equipment. She says she'll take some with her when she travels to Santiago tomorrow. Clinton said more help will likely come after that.

Earlier, U.S. Ambassador Paul Simons said he knew of no American deaths from the 8.8 earthquake, but stressed that officials are having a difficult time getting information from hard-hit areas. He said that officials have been able to contact "a few" of the estimated 1,000 Americans in Chile, but "information is still very, very scarce."

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