Accession Number : ADA516338
Title : Chile Earthquake: U.S. and International Response
Descriptive Note : Congressional rept.
Corporate Author : LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE
Personal Author(s) : Beittel, June S ; Margesson, Rhoda
Report Date : 11 Mar 2010
Pagination or Media Count : 31
Abstract : On February 27, 2010, an earthquake of magnitude 8.8 struck off the coast of central Chile. Centered 70 miles northeast of Chile's second-largest city, Concepcion, at a depth of 22 miles, the earthquake was the second largest ever recorded in Chile and the fifth largest recorded worldwide since 1900. Over 100 aftershocks of magnitude 5.0 or greater were recorded following the initial earthquake. The earthquake and subsequent tsunami, which struck Chile's coast roughly 20 minutes after the earthquake and moved 2,000 feet onto shore in some places, devastated parts of the country. Although there are reports of varying casualty numbers, according to Chile's Ministry of the Interior, the official death toll is 507 (497 bodies have been identified; 10 remain unidentified). The numbers of missing persons are not yet known. Approximately 200,000 homes have been badly damaged or destroyed. Estimates suggest as many as 2 million people may have been affected by the earthquake, an unknown number of whom were injured or displaced.
Descriptors : *EARTHQUAKES , *CHILE , RESPONSE , MANAGEMENT PERSONNEL , HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE , TIMELINESS , WARNING SYSTEMS , COMMUNITIES , DISASTERS
Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE