Early Saturday morning, a massive 8.8 earthquake rocked the country of Chile. More than 100 people are confirmed dead, with that death toll expected to rise. The epicenter of the quake was off the coast of Chile, near the second largest city of Conception, triggering tsunami warnings for the entire Pacific basin.
Convoy of Hope is monitoring the situation and an assessment team is preparing to leave for Chile. You can Help!
Several tsunami waves have been reported in the Pacific, with one near the central Chile coastal town of Talcahuano reaching over 7’ in height.
Santiago, Chile’s capital city, lost electricity and basic services, including water and telephones. Many buildings, including regional hospitals have suffered severe damage. A major bridge connecting northern and southern Chile was rendered inoperable and the Santiago international airport has been closed.
Numerous aftershocks were felt within hours of the initial quake.
Convoy of Hope has already been in contact with partners in Chile and is making plans now to stage a response. You can make a secure online donation to assist with the efforts in Chile.
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