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Last updated: 3 march, 2010 - 12:34 GMT

Chile earthquake: Robinson Crusoe islanders reportedly saved by girl

Books and other documents are piled up after a tsunami swamped the village killing at least five people and leaving 11 missing on Robinson Crusoe island

According to reports in the Chilean media, a 12-year-old girl saved almost the entire population of a small island, 700km off the country's coast.

The inhabitants of Robinson Crusoe Island were asleep as a massive tsunami, triggered by the earthquake which struck just off the coast of the mainland, approached.

The buildings were smashed but most of the people survived.

Robinson Crusoe is the largest island in Chile's Juan Fernandez archipelago.

Peter Hodum, a biologist at the University of Puget Sound, in the US, has been running conservation projects on the island for a decade.

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First broadcast 3 March 2010

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