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ELEANOR HALL: Chile's President Michelle Bachelet has ordered thousands of troops onto the streets
and is appealing for more international help to deal with the weekend's earthquake disaster.

Chilean authorities are still trying to assess just how much damage the massive quake and tsunamis
caused to lives and property.

As North America correspondent Lisa Millar reports, the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
arrived in the country overnight, bringing satellite phones and more offers of assistance.

LISA MILLAR: (Sound of dogs barking) The streets of Concepcion are quieter today. Thousands of
troops are now patrolling the areas where looters were roaming.

Chile's second largest city felt the full force of the 8.8 magnitude quake which has killed almost
800 people.

Hillary Clinton flew into the capital Santiago, hugging the country's President Michelle Bachelet
and handing over equipment she was able to bring on the plane.

HILLARY CLINTON: Twenty five of these satellite phones, we have identified 62 as the highest
priority for the Government's request, I had 25 on my plane loaded on and I'm going to give this
one to you Madam President.

LISA MILLAR: The US has search and rescue teams on standby and plans to send water purification
systems, a mobile field hospital and other equipment.

HILLARY CLINTON: I first come with the great sympathy and support from President Obama and the
people of the United States.

LISA MILLAR: President Bachelet though says it might be money that's needed.

(Sound of President Bachelet speech)

LISA MILLAR: "I'll discuss having loans or funds with good conditions for the reconstruction
process," she says

Association Professor Carolina Bank Munoz from Brooklyn College hopes the international attention
will highlight the inequalities in Chile, which she says sparked the looting.

CAROLINA BANK MUNOZ: This happens in all kinds of disaster situations, right, and people need to
obtain food and water and they do so by, you know, however they can get it to survive.

LISA MILLAR: I think people were struck by the fact that it wasn't only food and water but
television sets that were being looted?

CAROLINA BANK MUNOZ: You know that just is another example of how, you know, there are lots of
haves and have nots. Right, so it's a mistake to criminalise that behaviour in the context of a
catastrophe. I think that it's a completely a response to deep inequalities in a society.

LISA MILLAR: Chile is one of the richest countries in South America and the director of the US
Geological Survey Marcia McNutt says the strength of its infrastructure saved it from a greater

And she says it's time for the US to take note.

MARCIA MCNUTT: I think it's time to take an assessment of how robust our bridges, our highways are,
to the damage that would be caused by a major earthquake.

LISA MILLAR: Marcia McNutt warns it's not a matter of it but when an earthquake of similar strength
will strike America.

ELEANOR HALL: That's North America correspondent Lisa Millar.