Saturday 27 February 2010
ShelterBox responds to earthquake in ChileThe earthquake's epicentre was 75 miles north of Concepcion and 200 miles south of Santiago, Chile's capital.
ShelterBox is responding to the news of destruction caused by a massive earthquake which hit Chile at 0643 GMT this morning.
A ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) is currently being mobilised with two SRT members from the UK and one from the US set to deploy to the region. The 8.8 magnitude quake struck southern Chile and triggered a tsunami alert along thousands of miles of the South American coastline and beyond. It caused buildings to collapse in the Chilean capital, Santiago, 200 miles from the epicentre. It is feared thousands of homes could have been destroyed.
ShelterBox General Manager Lasse Petersen said: 'ShelterBox will respond quickly where needed, as the unfolding news becomes clearer and the scale of need is confirmed.
'A ShelterBox Response Team is preparing to mobilise as the earliest opportunity. Our thoughts go out to the people who have been affected by this disaster.'
Chile's second-largest city, Concepcion, just 75 miles from the epicentre, is likely to be the worst affected by the earthquake, with more than 200,000 people living along the Bio Bio river.
The initial quake was followed by two aftershocks measuring 6.9 and 5.5 in magnitude. The quake is Chile's largest in 25 years and Chile's president Michelle Bachelet has declared a 'state of catastrophe' in the country.