Saturday, February 27, 2010

Breaking News: Chile Earthquake & Pacific Tsunami

Early this morning, one of the strongest earthquakes in history, hit Chile - at a magnitude of 8.8 on the richter scale. Now, a tsunami - triggered by the massive earthquake - threatens the coast of Hawaii.

Our hearts go out to the people of Chile as they cope with the devastation of this earthquake and aftershocks. The Red Cross made an initial $50,000 available for relief operations in Chile. We are ready to support the Chilean government by mobilizing additional support, including relief supplies, trained personnel or additional financial assistance. If you can read Spanish, you can follow the Chilean Red Cross @CruzRojainforma.

We are preparing to support the people in Hawaii and the U.S. Territories who are bracing for a tsunami later today with waves expected to reach between 6' to 10'. American Red Cross chapters in Hawaii, Guam and American Samoa are on stand-by and ready to respond with volunteers and supplies, if needed.

If you are in either of these places, please register with the American Red Cross's Safe and Well Web site. If you have time to evacuate, call someone and ask them to register you and your family. Registration can be completed with the Safe and Well feature on or by calling (866) 438-4636. Friends and family can search for your message on Safe and Well by using your phone number or complete address.

Live coverage is streaming here. We will continue to monitor the situation and keep you informed updates as we receive them.

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