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Chilean officials investigate massive death of prawns; fishermen blame thermoelectric plants

Chile is investigating the death of thousands of prawns that have washed ashore, covering a beach in red.

The dead shrimp appeared Wednesday in Coronel, some 330 miles (530 kilometers) south of the capital, Santiago.

Local fishermen accuse thermoelectric plants of heating the ocean waters.

They say the Bocamina 1 and 2 plants owned by Chilean power company Colbun and the Santa Maria plant controlled by regional power generator Endesa endanger their livelihood.

Hundreds of dead crabs also washed up in the same area on shore over the weekend.

Environmental police are collecting evidence in the area and will be interviewing local fishermen and residents.