Three days after one of the largest earthquakes ever recorded struck the South American nation of Chile, the massive extent of the damage is becoming clearer, and the number of known victims has climbed to 723 deaths so far, many thousands still missing, and nearly 2 million displaced. World governments made immediate pledges of aid after Chilean President Michelle Bachelet requested mobile bridges, field hospitals, satellite phones, electrical generators, disaster assessment teams, water purification systems, field kitchens and restaurants, UN officials said.
Collected here are recent photos from areas in Chile damaged by Saturday's 8.8-magnitude earthquake and ensuing tsunami.
Cars lie overturned after the highway they were travelling on was destroyed in an earthquake in Santiago February 27, 2010.
People walk along a highway with a collapsed bridge in the background in the outskirts of Santiago after a huge 8.8-magnitude earthquake rocked Chile early on February 27, 2010.
Rescue workers remove a survivor from the rubble caused by the earthquake in Chile, February 27, 2010.
Rescue workers search for victims and survivors after an apartment complex collapsed during an earthquake in Concepcion some 100 km (62 miles) south of the epicenter, February 27, 2010.
A man walks past a wrecked church in Santiago, Chile on February 27, 2010.
Vehicles sit on a destroyed motorway in Santiago following a powerful earthquake in southern Chile, Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010.
A destroyed bridge is seen next to Talca some 300 km (186 miles) south of Santiago February 27, 2010.
A man carries a religious icon after an earthquake in Santiago February 27, 2010.
Chile's President Michelle Bachelet looks at collapsed houses after an earthquake in Concepcion, Chile, Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010.
Residents sleep in their cars, some because their homes are damaged and others for fear of aftershocks, after an earthquake in Concepcion February 28, 2010.
People walk along the shore after an earthquake in Pelluhue, some 322 kms, about 200 miles, southwest of Santiago, Sunday, Feb. 28, 2010.
A boat lies marooned on a street in Talcahuano, Chile, Monday, March 1, 2010. An 8.8-magnitude earthquake struck central Chile early Saturday triggering a tsunami that hit coastal communities.
The inside of a theater is seen wrecked in Valparaiso, Chile on February 28, 2010, a day after a huge 8.8-magnitude earthquake rocked Chile.
Residents collect water from children's swimming pools, as the potable water system remains broken, after a major earthquake in Concepcion, Chile on March 1, 2010.
An armed man stands guard on his rooftop in Talcahunao, Chile on March 1, 2010, as civil unrest and mass looting has led to a curfew being imposed.
Chilean Mario Lantano and wife Olga Retamal show pictures recovered from their house in the Chilean city of Dichato, some 30 km from Concepcion on March 1, 2010.
People wait for their mobile phones to charge at a fire station in Concepcion, Chile on March 1, 2010.
Picture taken on March 1, 2010 of telephone and power lines brought down in Concepcion, Chile, by the 8.8-magnitude earthquake three days earlier.
A resident douses himself with water from a fire hydrant as the city water system remains broken after a major earthquake in Talca, March 1, 2010.
A couple walks past a destroyed statue of Chile's National Hero Bernardo O'Higgins in Concepcion, southern Chile, Sunday, Feb. 28, 2010.
Kittens remain amid the debris of a house destroyed by Saturday's earthquake and ensuing tsunami, in Curanipe, 330 km south of Santiago on March 2, 2010.
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