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US offers help to Chile

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. has contacted government officials in Chile and offered help after a powerful earthquake struck the country.

State Department spokeswoman Megan Mattson says the U.S. sends its "heartfelt condolences and prayers for the residents of Chile."

Mattson says she has no immediate information about the welfare of Americans visiting or living in the country. She did say that all the 118 employees of the U.S. Embassy are accounted for.

The State Department advises Americans seeking information on family and friends in Chile to contact the Bureau of Consular Affairs at 1-888-407-4747.

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