Chilean President Michelle Bachelet has appealed for international aid in the wake of an earthquake that shattered central Chile and killed more than 700 people.
President Bachelet announced the sharp increase in the known death toll Sunday after meeting with aides and emergency officials. She said the number is likely to continue to rise as rescue workers search through the rubble. The 8.8 magnitude quake struck the South American country Saturday in the early morning hours.
Many Chileans stayed outside their homes Sunday because of the jolting series of aftershocks, some as strong as 6.9 magnitude.
Rescuers worked to reach about a 100 people trapped in an apartment building that collapsed in Concepcion, the country's second-largest city. The main rescue operation is centered in the city, about 100 kilometers from the epicenter of the quake. Looters ransacked stores in Concepcion Sunday, stealing both food and electrical appliances. Police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse a crowd of looters at one supermarket.