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Rescue Teams Still Searching After Algeria Quake


Rescue teams in Algeria continue to search for survivors of a devastating earthquake, known to have killed at least 1,600 people, and injured almost 7,000. Brian Purchia has the latest.

Emergency teams are still finding some people alive, but officials say many victims remain trapped in the rubble of buildings, and the death toll is expected to rise.

Rescue teams from several countries have joined in the rescue efforts. Medical authorities say local hospitals have been overrun with victims.

Many Algerians slept in the open for a second night, fearing that aftershocks would cause more destruction, and topple badly damaged buildings. Paul Anticioni of the British Red Cross.

"The place looks like a mess and that's the problem and particularly for vulnerable groups, young kids, elderly people, pregnant women, sleeping out in the streets with no access to clean water supplies, where to go to the toilet, that's cause for concern."

Thousands of people in the densely populated region have fled their homes. Many complain of shoddy construction and blame rampant corruption for building-code violations.

President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has declared three days of mourning starting Friday.

The powerful, 6.8 magnitude quake struck late Wednesday near the Mediterranean coast, just east of Algiers, causing the ground to shake as far away as Spain.