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2010 Earthquake in Chile


"[T]he United States is ready to respond to the request that the government of Chile has made so that we can provide not only solidarity, but specific supplies that are needed to help you recover from the earthquake."
--Secretary Clinton, Mar. 2 Full Text»
Date: 02/27/2010 Description: Rescue workers search for victims in downtown Talca, Chile, Feb. 27, 2010, after an 8.8-magnitude earthquake struck central Chile. © AP Image   Date: 02/28/2010 Description: People stand next to the destroyed cathedral of Chanco, southwest of Santiago, Chile. An 8.8-magnitude earthquake struck central Chile on February 27, 2010.  © AP Image   Date: 02/27/2010 Description: President Barack Obama speaks to the media about the recent earthquake in Chile at the White House in Washington, DC. © AP Image

On February 27, 2010, an earthquake with a magnitude of 8.8 was recorded off the central Chilean coast. Strong tremors were felt throughout Chile, including Santiago, and aftershocks continue. U.S. Embassy Statement»

The Department of State strongly urges U.S. citizens to avoid tourism and non-essential travel to Chile. The February 27 earthquake caused significant damage to the areas closest to the epicenter. If you are concerned about a U.S. citizen in the affected area and have not been able to reach that person, you can contact the Chile Task Force by email at or by calling 1-888-407-4747.

The following is a link to the FEMA website with instructions for what to do after an earthquake:

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