Embassy News 2010
Embassy Statement on the February 27 Earthquake in Chile
On Saturday, February 27, 2010 at 3:34 a.m. local time, an earthquake with a magnitude of 8.8 was recorded off the central Chilean coast. The epicenter was approximately 60 miles northeast of the city of Concepcion, about 200 miles south of Santiago.
Strong tremors have been felt in a wide area of Chile, including in the most affected areas, Santiago, and the Valparaiso region, and aftershocks continue. For more technical information on the earthquake, please see: United States Geological Survey website.
Chile is one of the most seismically active countries in the world, and earthquakes here are not uncommon. Building construction standards reflect that, but there has been light to heavy damage in Santiago, depending on the area, and severe structural damage closer to the epicenter, due to the earthquake and the resulting tsunamis.
All Embassy employees in Chile have been accounted for, and the Embassy is continuing to ascertain the whereabouts of other Americans. American citizens in the United States seeking information on whereabouts of U.S. citizens in Chile may call the U.S. State Department in Washington, D.C. at 1-888-407-4747. American citizens in Chile may call 56-2-330-3000.
Dialing instructions from the U.S. to Chile:
From U.S. to Chile landline 011-56-city code-six or seven digit number
From U.S. to Chile cell phone 011-56-9- eight digit number
We have reached out to the Government of Chile and are providing assistance as requested.
We extend our heartfelt condolences and prayers to the people and residents of Chile who are confronted with this disaster.
To use the Chile Earthquake Person Finder function directly, see: