Chile Earthquake List of Confirmed Dead

The following list those confirmed dead in the Chile Earthquake is the latest published by the Government of Chile.  Our condolences to the families and friends of those lost.

LIST OF CONFIRMED DEAD  |

 

Donations:

Please make your contributions to: 

 

Chile Earthquake Relief Fund
Consulate of Chile
1930 Village Center Circle #3-711
Las Vegas NV 89134

Las Vegas Chile Earthquake Relief

The government of Chile is now facilitating direct contribution to its impeccably well-managed earthquake relief effort.   Donations may now be made directly to the account of the Chilean Embassy.  

The Consulate of Chile in Las Vegas is gathering donations to the fund, to be sent weekly to the Embassy for direct disbursement to the aid described by President Bachelet.  There is no middleman, and no part of your funds goes to anything other than the disaster relief cost itself.  

You may donate in honor of someone if you wish, donate anonymously, or be recognized by the Consulate.  As the official representative of Chile in Las Vegas, Consul Biggs Sparkuhl will make certain that all donations will receive the attention and recognition they deserve from the Embassy of Chile in Washington, D.C. 

Please make your contributions to: 

 

Chile Earthquake Relief Fund
Consulate of Chile
1930 Village Center Circle #3-711
Las Vegas NV 89134
 
 
 
 

  

 

 

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

Consul Biggs Sparkuhl Elected to Board of Directors of World Federation of Consuls

Chilean Consul is first U.S. resident and the only woman to serve on board of directors of 28-year-old global organization of thousands.

18 Nov. 2009, Izmir, Turkey–/ Paulina Biggs Sparkuhl, Honorary Consul of Chile in Las Vegas has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Brussels-based Federation Internationale des Corps et Associations Consulaires (FICAC),  known in English as the World Federation of Consuls.

FICAC is a United Nations-recognized NGO, formed in Copenhagen in 1982.  The Organization  is a global network of Consular Associations created to support and improve the status, legitimacy and effectiveness of all consular officers in all receiving States.  FICAC has over 3000 consul members on every continent, and is often credited with interpreting and promoting global adherence to the Vienna Conventions on Consular Relations.

Receiving the FICAC Medal of Honor, Bangkok, November 2007

Consul Biggs Sparkuhl is native of Chile and 25-year resident of Las Vegas.  She was appointed Honorary Consul of Chile by President Lagos in 2002, and is founder and Chairperson of the Consular Chamber of Commerce.  Involved with FICAC since 2005,  she has participated in FICAC board meetings, conferences, and the organization’s signature event, the World Congress of Consuls, in Mexico, Jamaica, Belgium, Thailand, Ghana, Monaco and Cyprus.  The organization just completed its latest World Congress of Consuls in Izmir, Turkey.

Awards Ceremony, FICAC Conference in Monte Carlo, February, 2009.

Consul Biggs Sparkuhl has served as the North American Membership Chairperson of FICAC since 2008, and has expanded membership to include Seattle, Washington; Denver, Colorado and her home of Las Vegas, Nevada.  In 2007 she was awarded the FICAC Medal of Honor by President Arnold Foote at the World Congress of Consuls in Bangkok Thailand.

“It has been an absolute pleasure participating with FICAC, and later

With President Foote and the Kings of Elmina, Ghana, October, 2008

serving FICAC in North America as Membership Chair.  I am overwhelmed with excitement at the opportunities presented by being a member of the Board of Directors.  It is such an honor to be the first Board member residing in the United States, and the only one who wears a skirt!  Hosting the US Seat in Las Vegas also opens many doors. 

“I find myself in extraordinary company of great and distinguished friends, from all over the world, whom I have come to hold so dear.  I thank President Foote and all of the members of the Board of Directors, and the membership of FICAC, for having the faith in my abilities to elevate me to this position and peerage.  I am humbled, and ready to engage!”

– Paulina Biggs Sparkuhl, Honorary Consul of Chile

Chile Best Ranking Latin Country by Transparency International

Maintaining its consistency in ranking among the top countries in the world for transparency and non-corruption, Chile in 2009 has ranked above all Latin American countries, as well as surpassing both Italy and Spain.

With a stable currency and a transparent government with approval ratings exceeding eighty percent, Chile continues to attract business, visitors and residents alike.