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Emergency Messages and Notices for U.S. Citizens

04/13/2014

The Chilean government has declared a State of Emergency in Valparaiso due to a fire located on several hills.  Electricity has been cut to some areas of Valparaiso.  About 5,000 residents have been evacuated and are being sheltered temporarily in schools (Escuelas Grecia, Escuela Pablo Neruda, Complejo Florida).  Approximately 500 houses have been lost.  Firefighters from Viña del Mar and Quilpue have been called in to help fight the fire along with ONEMI and CONAF resources, including firefighting aircraft.  Please advise loved ones that you are okay if you are in or near this area.

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Chile enroll in the Department of State's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).  STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency.  If you don't have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

Regularly monitor the State Department's website, where you can find current Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution.  Read the Country Specific Information for Chile. For additional information, refer to "A Safe Trip Abroad" on the State Department's website.  

 

04/03/2014
U.S. Embassy in Santiago, Chile

 

Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: 7.8 Earthquake in Iquique, High Tsunami risk
 
According to the Chilean Office of Emergencies, ONEMI, there has been a 7.8 Richter earthquake, 16 miles south of Iquique The Chilean government is evacuating several cities along the northernChilean coast.  Tsunamis can be highly destructive. The first waves may already have arrived in Iquique and the closest areas, but the first wave is not the most dangerous and waves can continue to arrive for hours.
Once you are in a safe place, please contact your loved ones to let them know that you are okay.  If possible please also send us an email at SantiagoUSA@state.gov, call us at 2330-3430 or text the embassy duty officer at +56987748068.
The following is the report we received from ONEMI:
M7.8 - TARAPACA, CHILE
 
Preliminary Earthquake Report
Magnitude
7.8
Date-Time
3 Apr 2014 02:43:15 UTC
2 Apr 2014 23:43:16 near epicenter
2 Apr 2014 21:43:15 standard time in your timezone
Location
20.430S 70.113W
Depth
20 km
Distances
23 km (14 mi) S of Iquique, Chile
184 km (114 mi) N of Tocopilla, Chile
217 km (134 mi) S of Arica, Chile
256 km (158 mi) NNW of Calama, Chile
481 km (298 mi) SSW of La Paz, Bolivia
 
We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Chile enroll in the Department of State's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).  STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency.  If you don't have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.
 
Regularly monitor the State Department's website, where you can find current Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution.  Read the Country Specific Information for Chile. For additional information, refer to "A Safe Trip Abroad" on the State Department's website. 

Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: 7.8 Earthquake in Iquique, High Tsunami risk According to the Chilean Office of Emergencies, ONEMI, there has been a 7.8 Richter earthquake, 16 miles south of Iquique. The Chilean government is evacuating several cities along the northernChilean coast.  Tsunamis can be highly destructive. The first waves may already have arrived in Iquique and the closest areas, but the first wave is not the most dangerous and waves can continue to arrive for hours.

Once you are in a safe place, please contact your loved ones to let them know that you are okay.  If possible please also send us an email at SantiagoUSA@state.gov, call us at 2330-3430 or text the embassy duty officer at +56987748068.

The following is the report we received from ONEMI:

M7.8 - TARAPACA, CHILE

Preliminary Earthquake Report

Magnitude

7.8

Date-Time

3 Apr 2014 02:43:15 UTC

2 Apr 2014 23:43:16 near epicenter

2 Apr 2014 21:43:15 standard time in your timezone

Location

20.430S 70.113W

Depth

20 km

Distances

23 km (14 mi) S of Iquique, Chile

184 km (114 mi) N of Tocopilla, Chile

217 km (134 mi) S of Arica, Chile

256 km (158 mi) NNW of Calama, Chile

481 km (298 mi) SSW of La Paz, Bolivia

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Chile enroll in the Department of State's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).  STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency.  If you don't have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

Regularly monitor the State Department's website, where you can find current Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution.  Read the Country Specific Information for Chile. For additional information, refer to "A Safe Trip Abroad" on the State Department's website. 

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U.S. citizens in Chile should regularly monitor the U.S. Embassy’s website (http://chile.usembass.gov) and the U.S. Department of State travel website, where current Country Specific Information (CSI), Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, and Travel Alerts can be found. 

The U.S. Embassy encourages U.S. citizens to review "A Safe Trip Abroad," which includes valuable security information for those both residing and traveling abroad.  In addition to information on the Internet, travelers may obtain up-to-date information on security conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the U.S. and Canada, or outside the U.S. and Canada on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.

Citizens traveling and residing in Chile are advised to register their presence in the country through the U.S. Department of State's automated online registration system.  U.S. citizens may contact the Consular Section at the U.S. Embassy via e-mail at SantiagoAmcit@state.gov  or by calling (56) (2) 2330-3000.

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