Saturday’s quake hit at 3:34 a.m. local time off the Chilean coast. The epicentre was 325 km southwest of the capital, Santiago, but just 100 km from Chile’s second-largest city, Concepción, which has a population of more than 200,000. A tsunami triggered by the earthquake caused additional damage in some southern coastal towns.
The Government of Chile has declared ‘zones of catastrophe’ in the affected regions, including Bio-Bio, Maule, Araucania, Valparaiso and Metropolitan Santiago.
Following its initial assessment of needs and damage, the government said today that it would accept some offers of international assistance – particularly aid in the form of field hospitals, temporary bridges and water-purification supplies, as well as damage-assessment experts and search-and-rescue workers.
Meanwhile, Chile’s Ministry of Education has suspended the start of the school year by one week. Classes had been scheduled to resume today but will now begin on 8 March.
Now we have more than 800 people dead, the people have nothing in the south of Chile.
Chile is highly vulnerable to earthquakes as it is situated on the Pacific "Ring of Fire", on the edge of the Pacific and South American plates.
Chile suffered the biggest earthquake of the 20th century when a 9.5 magnitude quake struck the city of Valdivia in 1960, killing 1,655 people.
Please help to my country we need our the support and the prayers in this moment.
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Thanks you to all .