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Chile Earthquake: Offer Of Helping Hands

  • February 28th, 2010
  • Posted by EUEditor

earthquake-chile-2010.jpgEU help has been offered to Chile as may be needed.

The European Union High Representative, Catherine Ashton, has received an account of the earthquake disaster in Chile, from the country’s Foreign Minister, Mariano Fernandez (27.2.10).

“I underlined that I was very impressed with the professional way in which the Chilean authorities are handling the situation”, she said.

“I reiterated that the EU stands ready to provide support to the Chilean Government, should it be required.”

Australia as one of 50 Pacific countries which issued warnings in case of a tsunami or tidal surge; the Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, announced that Australian representatives in Chile would offer to arrange assistance.

The confirmed death toll from the earthquake had mounted to more than 700 by the end of the weekend.

It was a large earthquake, 8.8 on the Richter scale, but said to have been centred deep in the earth.

Government spokespersons said the emergency services had been prepared for it, helped to a degree by effective building codes applied to key buildings.

Some 500 000 homes have been damaged or destroyed, and emergency crews have penetrated to ruined parts of Concepcion, the city at the centre of the devastation — as aftershocks continued, one centred off the coast measured at 6+.

Concepcion was put under an eighteen-hour curfew as looters began pillaging supermarkets and other businesses there.

EC, Catherine Ashton, Media Release, Brussels, 27.2.10. IP/19/204