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Canada's Response to the Earthquake in Chile
A strong earthquake of magnitude 8.8 struck near the coast of Chile on February 27, 2010. This was the country's largest earthquake in 25 years. The earthquake generated a tsunami, which affected a coastal strip of more than 500 kilometres, and numerous aftershocks continue to cause damage.
Reports indicate that hundreds of people have been killed and that the earthquake caused extensive damage to infrastructure. Power and telecommunications have been severely disrupted. Canadian government officials are currently assessing the situation to clarify the extent of the damage in Chile as well as to assess the potential impact on Canadians who are present in the country.
- In response to a request for international assistance from the Government of Chile, the Government of Canada announced on March 2, 2010 that it will provide up to $2 million for urgent humanitarian assistance to the people of Chile.
- Also on March 2, Canadian Embassy officials arrived in the city of Concepción to gain a first hand assessment of the extent of the damage and to make contact with Canadians believed to be in the region, but with whom the Embassy had not yet been able to make contact. The department is now providing consular assistance to those Canadians whom we have been able to contact.
Travel Report and Warnings
Please consult our Chile Travel Report.
Canadians seeking emergency consular assistance in the area should contact the Emergency Operations Centre or call 613-996-8885 collect. The Operations Centre of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
How Canadians Can Help
The best way for Canadians to help is to donate money—not clothing or food—to the registered charity of your choice. In order to avoid potential fraud, we urge you to check to see if your preferred charity is registered before you give.
More information for those who would like to help:
- Other ways Canadians can help
- How can Canadian companies help?
- How the Government of Canada responds to natural disasters abroad - FAQs
- 2010-03-08 | Minister of State Kent to attend inauguration of Chilean President
- 2010-03-03 | Ministerial Statement on the situation in Chile (10:15 a.m. ET)
- 2010-03-02 | Government of Canada announces assistance to Chile (CIDA)
- 2010-03-01 | Ministerial Statement on the situation in Chile (7:20 p.m. ET)
- 2010-02-28 | Ministerial Statement on the situation in Chile (4 p.m. ET)
- 2010-02-27 | Message From the Governor General following the earthquake in Chile
- 2010-02-27 | Ministerial Statement on Chile (12 p.m. ET)
- 2010-02-27 | Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada
- 2010-02-27 | Minister Cannon to hold media teleconference on Chile
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