One of the strongest earthquakes ever recorded ripped through central Chile on February 27, tearing up roads and bridges, reducing buildings and homes including hospitals to dust. ---- Describing it as a 'catastrophe of unthinkable magnitude', Chile's president Michelle Bachelet promised to explore whether his countries tsunami-warning system had failed.
A. Residents on the country's shoreline survived the quake only to drown shortly afterwards when a tsunami sucked houses into the sea.
B. When the earthquake struck Chile, many of its engineers and construction experts were blamed for the destruction.