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City (pop., 1993 est.: 318,000), capital of Bí o-Bí o region, S central Chile. Chile's second-largest city, it was founded in 1550 on the Pacific coast, and was shortly afterward burned twice by Araucanian Indians. It was struck by numerous earthquakes, two of them followed by tsunamis, and in 1754 it was moved inland to its present site near the mouth of the Bí o-Bí o River. Despite frequent earthquakes, it has become a major commercial and industrial center. A distribution center for S Chile, it manufactures textiles, food products, and steel.