Peru is “at the service of Chilean people” after earthquake, President Garcia says

Isabel Guerra

Peru is Peru’s President Alan García has just told the press that his country is “at the service of Chile” after a powerful 8.8-magnitude earthquake struck Chile, leaving at least 150 fatalities up to now.

Central and Southern Chile regions were hit by one of the most powerful earthquakes registered in the world, that has destroyed houses and hospitals, forcing Michelle Bachelet’s government to declare certain areas as disaster zone.

"We express our solidarity to Chile, and we are at Chilean people’s service regarding anything they may need from us,” said Garcia to some journalists. “We are expecting to be told what is needed, we are at their orders,” he added.

Most affected region is Maule, but Chile´s capital, Santiago, was also severely struck; local TV reports damages in Santiago’s public infrastructure, too.

According to USGS reports, the earthquake magnitude is estimated in 8.8 in Richter scale, and the epicenter was located at the Pacific Ocean, 320 km away from the capital, Santiago de Chile.

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