Many houses damaged at the earthquake (Source: AP)
President Truong Tan Sang on September 18 sent a message of sympathy to Chilean President Michelle Bachelet Jeria over the great loss of lives and property caused by the recent earthquake.

The same day, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh extended condolences to Chilean Foreign Minister Heraldo Munoz Valenzuela.

The 8.3 magnitude earthquake off Chile’s central coast on late September 16 (local time) claimed at least 12 lives, injured nine others and destroyed more than 500 houses, according to the country’s National Emergency Office.-VNA