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Chile earthquake relief: Want to help? Just send a text.

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Natacha Pisarenko/AP

(Read caption) People reached for goods thrown from a supermarket window during looting in Concepción, Chile, Monday. A magnitude-8.8 earthquake struck central Chile early Saturday.

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As during the Haiti earthquake aftermath, Americans are now being encouraged by organizations working on Chile earthquake relief efforts to donate via text message.

“We’re facing an emergency unlike anything else in Chile’s history,” said Chilean President Michelle Bachelet on Sunday, a day after the earthquake hit central Chile and killed at least 708 people.

One of the most developed countries in Latin America, Chile did not immediately appeal for foreign aid. "We generally do not ask for help," said Ms. Bachelet. But on Monday, she opened up to foreign assistance, saying that Chile faces ''a catastrophe of such unthinkable magnitude that it will require a giant effort to recover."

IN PICTURES: Images from the magnitude-8.8 earthquake in Chile

The Mobile Giving Foundation, which organized text message relief for Haiti, has vetted the following organizations for donating to Chile:


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