Police fired water cannons to disperse crowds during a rally, as Chile's President Michelle Bachelet delivers a speech inside the National Congress, May 21, 2015.
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On November 10, a 6.9 magnitude earthquake shook Chile. It came just under two months after a larger earthquake, with a magnitude of 8.4, devastated the country’s central region. In light of a tsunami warning after the first quake, Chilean President Michelle Bachelet ordered the evacuation of one million people from the coastline between the northern city of Arica and the southern city Puerto Aysén and formally declared the area a disaster zone. All in all, 13 people died. The government estimates that as many as 3,000 homes were destroyed.

It is a bitter truth that the earthquakes have hit Chile in the middle of the strongest political, economic, and social shocks the country has seen in many years. Facing corruption allegations and historically low approval ratings, and unable to move forward on crucial reforms at her planned pace, Bachelet is undergoing her most difficult moments as president. Some have already written off

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