Chile Eathquake Update

2010/2/27 11:07 Pacific/– Reports to this consulate thus far:

Our sources report complete collapse of numerous buildings in the Cauquenes area near Maule.  Cellular service in the area is still unavailable, but indications are that it is only overloaded, as we have received cellular messages which did get out after the quake, but earlier than the heavy traffic of calls.  For this reason we believe cellular service to the area will be restored as call traffic lessens.

Most of Santiago was built to withstand earthquakes.  There is heavy damage, but not widespread collapse.

One resident of Santiago described the feeling as being in a small boat in a big storm, but his house withstood the jolt.  Messages from Santiago also arrived after the quake by internet.  We expect full internet access as web traffic subsides.

Chile Earthquake Information

A massive 8.8 earthquake struck Maule, Chile, about 200 miles south of the Capitol Santiago,  in the early morning hours of Saturday, February 28, 2010.   As of this writing, the death toll is 122 and rising rapidly. 

This consulate is exhausting all possible means to gather information from our friends, family, diplomatic connections and news sources regarding this catastrophe.  We have not been able to establish telephone contact, either land line or cellular, since the quake.

We will publish here any news we are able to ascertain beyond that of the national news services in the US. 

If you have heard from relatives in Chile, please comment here with any news, in English or Spanish. 

Maule information:  http://www.consul.cc/country.php?geodata=3880306