Forest fires in Chile, the International Charter has been activated

Forest fires in Chile. Image courtesy of NASA.

A state of emergency has been declared on 26 January 2017 in south-central Chile due to the worst forest fires that the region has experienced in its modern history. The fires began in mid-January and spread quickly because of this year’s especially hot and dry summer in South America. The blazes are furthermore amplified by strong winds, high temperatures and a lasting drought that Chile has been experiencing in the last 6 years.


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Wed, 01/02/2017 - 02:47

International Charter activated for earthquake in Chile

 8.3 magnitude earthquake in Chile (Image: VICE)

The International Charter: Space and Major Disasters has been triggered to provide satellite-based emergency maps in response to a powerful 8.3 magnitude earthquake in Chile and also caused a tsunami, which affected some parts of the coast. The mechanism was activated on 17 September 2015, at 09:37:02 (UTC+03:00) by ONEMI.


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Mon, 21/09/2015 - 22:05

Chilean National Office for Emergency (ONEMI)

The Chilean National Office for Emergency is part of the Ministry of Interior and Public Security. It is in charge of coordinating the National Civil Protection System. The mission of ONEMI is to plan, prompt, articulate and execute prevention, response and rehabilitation actions; for collective risk situations, emergencies, disasters and catastrophes - both natural and manmade.


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