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An 8.8-magnitude earthquake struck a rural part of the South American country of Chile early Saturday morning, about 200 miles southwest of the capital city of Santiago. It killed more than 700 people, displaced two million and destroyed up to 80% of some of the towns in the coastal region nearest to the epicenter.
While Facebook helped play a big fundraising role for the far deadlier Haiti earthquake earlier this year, this time around it is playing a more social role — serving as a place for Chile’s millions of users to make contact with friends and relatives.
The country was notably one of the first countries outside the United States where Facebook became popular. It now has more than 6 million monthly active users, according to our latest Global Monitor report, or nearly 36% of the country’s 16.8 million people…[See the full post here]