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After Chile quake 2010, Hillary Clinton to hand deliver aid

After Chile quake 2010, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is personally delivering the first load of US aid - much-needed satellite phones - to Santiago, the capital. The South American country was hit by an 8.8-magnitude earthquake Saturday.

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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will take the United States’ first offering of assistance after the Chile quake – a load of much-needed satellite phones – when she visits the capital, Santiago, Tuesday.

Chile was always on Secretary Clinton’s itinerary for her swing through South and Central America this week – but now the focus of her stop has changed in the aftermath of Chile’s 8.8-magnitude earthquake Saturday. (For Monitor coverage of the earthquake, click here and here.)

Clinton said earlier Monday, shortly after her arrival in Montevideo, Uruguay, for the inauguration of President José Mujica, that she would not only be delivering communications equipment requested by Chilean officials when she visits there Tuesday, but that more such equipment will follow. Clinton’s plane is also delivering a communications technician to help the Chilean government address its communications shortfalls with areas cut off by the quake.

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