Chile: Earthquake - Sep 2015

Status
Past disaster
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Disaster description

On 16 Sep 2015, a catastrophic earthquake hit the coast of Chile, causing some damage to buildings, but much of the impact due to 4.5m waves affecting Coquimbo. A tsunami will extend over the Pacific in the coming hours causing minor issues for some locations. (CEDIM, 17 Sep 2015)

About 1 million people were evacuated following the tsunami warning and authorities declared a disaster area in the Provinces of Choapa and Coquimbo, Region of Coquimbo. In Coquimbo around 96,700 people were left without power and 3,100 people without drinking water. (OCHA, 17 Sep 2015)

According to the latest figures, at least 12 people were killed and more than 600 were left homeless. The earthquake also destroyed around 60 houses and damaged nearly 200, mostly in the Region of Coquimbo. (Gov. of Chile, 18 Aug 2015)

The IFRC approved use of the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF), which will provide humanitarian aid to 450 families affected by the recent earthquake and tsunami throughout the provinces of Choapa, Elqui, and Limari, communities of Canela, Illapel, Coquimbo, and Monte Patria, and the towns of Canela Baja, Illapel, Gabriela, Baquedano, Peñuela, and Tulahuen. (IFRC, 30 Sep 2015)

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