Harding says damage moderate to center in Chile

SEARCY, Ark. (AP) - Harding University says a massive earthquake inflicted only moderate damage on the school's study center at Vina del Mar, Chile. A news release from the university on Saturday said Tom Hook, director of Harding's program in Chile, reported on the damage in an early-morning e-mail.

Jeff Hopper, dean of Harding's international programs, said the epicenter of the quake was about 220 miles from Vina del Mar. Harding said there were no students or faculty at the center in Chile when the earthquake struck before dawn Saturday.

The school said a contingent from Harding is scheduled to leave for Chile on Tuesday, but no decision has been made on whether that will occur.

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