Chilean Earthquake News & Relief Info

On Saturday, there was a devastating earthquake in Chile, with more than 700 people confirmed dead so far. Below is the latest news, help resources, and information on relief efforts. Please drop additional links you recommend into comments.

GuardianDeath Toll Rises After Chile Earthquake:
The death toll from Saturday's devastating earthquake in Chile rose to more than 700 last night as rescue workers fanned out across a 370-mile (600km) stretch of the country searching for bodies and survivors.

President Michelle Bachelet directed rescue operations and toured heavily hit areas as the race continued to provide basic supplies to entire cities that remained without water, electricity or communications. Bachelet said 2 million people were affected by the 8.8-magnitude quake, adding that it would take several days to evaluate the "enormous quantity of damage".

Last night, after a six-hour emergency meeting with officials, she raised the known death toll dramatically from 300 to 708. "We face a catastrophe of such unthinkable magnitude that it will require a giant effort [for Chile to recover]," she told a news conference.

The US secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, will visit Chile on a previously scheduled trip unrelated to the earthquake. "Our hemisphere comes together in times of crisis, and we will stand side by side with the people of Chile in this emergency," said Clinton.

As aftershocks measuring up to 7.5 continued to batter the already ravaged country, rescue workers yesterday arrived at coastal cities to find entire fishing villages washed away. There were reports last night that 350 people had died in one town, ConstituciĆ³n, which was hit first by the earthquake and then by a tsunami.
CNET—Google Launches Person Finder After Chile Quake: "Google has launched a tool to help people locate friends and loved ones who might have been affected by Saturday's 8.8.-magnitude earthquake in Chile. Google Person Finder allows users to search for information about people by name or leave information about people in both English and Spanish. ... A Google crisis response page also notes that Americans seeking information can call the U.S. State Department at 1-888-407-4747."

Text Your Support:

1. Text the word "CHILE" to 25383 to donate $10 on behalf of the Habitat for Humanity.

2. Text the word "CHILE" to 20222 to donate $10 on behalf of World Vision.

3. Text the word "CHILE" to 52000 to donate $10 on behalf of the Salvation Army.

4. Text the word "REBUILD" to 50555 to donate $10 to Operation USA's Chile relief fund.

Direct Donations:

Doctors Without Borders

Habitat for Humanity

Operation USA

Oxfam America

Direct Relief International

American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund


World Vision

[Additional relief info via Mashable and the Missourian.

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