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Water-Survival boxes, dispatched by air to Chile.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earthquake disaster in Chile - February 2010

 

The 2010 Chilean earthquake occurred off the coast of the Maule Region of Chile on February 27, 2010, at 03:34 local time (06:34 UTC), rating a magnitude of 8.8 on the moment magnitude scale and lasting 90 seconds.It was strongly perceived in six Chilean regions (from Valparaνso in the north to Araucanνa in the south), that together make up 80% of the country's population. The cities experiencing the strongest shaking—VIII (Destructive) on the Mercalli intensity scale—were Arauco and Coronel, Chile. The earthquake was felt in the capital Santiago at Mercalli intensity scale VII (Very Strong). Tremors were felt in many Argentine cities, including Buenos Aires, Cσrdoba, Mendoza and La Rioja. Tremors were felt as far north as the city of Ica in southern Peru (approx. 1500 mi./2400 km). The earthquake triggered a tsunami which devastated several coastal towns in south-central Chile and damaged the port at Talcahuano. Tsunami warnings were issued in 53 countries, causing minor damage in the San Diego area of California and in the Tōhoku region of Japan, where damage to the fisheries business was estimated at ₯6.26 billion (USD$66.7 million). The earthquake also generated a blackout that affected 93% of the country's population and which went on for several days in some locations. President Michelle Bachelet declared a "state of catastrophe" and sent military troops to take control of the most affected areas. The latest death toll as of April 7, 2010 is 486 victims (down from 802 reported by the previous administration on March 3).


We established contact with Rotarian Jorge Vega Diaz in Valparaiso who is responsible for co-ordinating incoming aid from Rotary sources. The first consignment of 200 WSBs has now been received and distributed by the Rotary Clubs of Valparaiso and Talca in the towns of Chillan Viejo and San Clemente – both in the heart of the region devastated by the earthquake – see attached photos and the poignant e-mails from Chile. A second consignment of 200 WSBs is currently en route to Santiago and due to arrive on 16 April where it will again be received by the RC of Valparaiso for distribution to those most in need.
  
Donations will be very welcome to sustain our aid to Chile (and Haiti when we are requested for further supplies) and then to restock for future disasters. Cheques should be made payable to Worldwaterworks Limited and sent either to our registered office (see website) or to me at The White House, Pensford, Bristol BS39 4NE

Yours in continuing Rotary Service

Hugo Pike
Chairman – Worldwaterworks Limited (Water-Survival Box project)
PP RC Chelwood Bridge – D 1200.

 


WorldWaterWorks Limited is a Registered Charity sponsored by the Rotary Club of Chelwood Bridge. For more information see www.worldwaterworks.org or call 01761-490369. 

For more information visit www.rotary.org and www.chelwood-rotary.com