Areas affected by the February 27 earthquake.
In the early hours of 27 February, 2010, an 8.8 magnitude earthquake rocked Chile. The main shock created a tsunami that killed hundreds of people and affected more than 2 million in various cities and towns of this country. The city that was mainly affected was Concepción, the second largest city in the country, which is about 280 miles from Santiago, the capital city of Chile. The Scientology Volunteer Minister network mobilized Chilean Volunteer Ministers in Santiago and Rancagua, a city about 200 miles north east of Concepción.
From early March on, Scientology Volunteer Ministers have been working with the Red Cross, Chilean Scouts and other organizations in Chile to organize and provide needed aid to the affected areas. Scientology Volunteer Ministers arriving from Venezuela, Argentina and Mexico have joined the teams.
In March and April 2010, Scientology Volunteer Ministers were helping earthquake and tsunami victims in the various campsites around Concepción, Rancagua and the tsunami-damaged port city Talcahuano. Aside from spiritual assistance, basic medical care and distribution of supplies, Scientology Volunteer Ministers continue to work with the Chilean Navy (Armada de Chile) to set up shelters and rebuild homes. A Scientology Volunteer Minister team in the Concepción Province is doing cleanup work, removing rubble from schools and other public buildings to restore public services.
As of May 2010 several teams of Scientology Volunteer Ministers continue to give needed assistance to earthquake and tsunami victims in Chile.
Damaged tower building in Concepción, March 2010.
Shopping area in Concepción, March 2010.
Refugee camp in the port city of Talcahuano, Concepción Province, April 2010.
Cleanup work in Las Higueras, an area close to Talcahuano, April 2010.
Help loading supplies, March 2010.
Organization of supplies, May 2010.
Assisting the Armada de Chile (Chilean Navy) in the construction of permanent shelters, May 2010.
Delivery of raw materials for shelters, May 2010.
Roof construction, May 2010.
Delivery of Nerve Assists—used to relieve pain—in Concepción, Chile (April 2010).
Delivery of Touch Assists—to relieve pain and discomfort—in Rancagua, Chile (March 2010).
The Volunteer Minister team in Rancagua (March 2010).