Chile: International Charter activated due to tsunami

Satellite image of flooding in Chile

The International Charter: Space and Major Disasters was activated on 02 April 2014 to provide satellite image products in support of the response efforts for the tsunami event on the northern coast of Chile. The international mechanism was triggered by Comisión Nacional de Actividades Espaciales (CONAE), one of the UN-SPIDER Regional Support Offices, on behalf of Oficina Nacional de Emergencia del Ministerio del Interior (ONEMI).

An earthquake occured off the northern coast of Chile at 20:46 local time on 01 April 2014. A tsunami warning was issued by Chilean authorities recommending people to evacuate from the country’s coastal areas.  A 2.1 m wave struck areas along the coast including the cities of Pisagua, Patache and Iquique.  According to reports five people have been killed.  

Edit (04 April 2014): The activation has been cancelled by the Charter, stating the reason of less severity than anticipated.  (Source)



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