Last updated: 1 march, 2010 - 12:10 GMT

Chile earthquake: Senator says it will take years to recover

Two days after the earthquake in Chile, correspondents say the full extent of the destruction there has yet to emerge.

An overturned vehicle sits amidst the rubble of a collapsed elevated highway in Santiago, Chile

The 8.8 magnitude earthquake is one of the most powerful ever recorded

Chilean television says more than 300 bodies have been found in the fishing town of Constitucion which was swamped by a tsunami after the quake.

The total number known to have been killed across Chile stands at more than 700, but is expected to rise further.

Chilean Senator Evelyn Mathei is one of those trying to come to terms with her experience- while also looking to help.

She is now back in Santiago but was on holiday on the coast when the quake struck.

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First broadcast 01 March 2010

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