Chile Earthquake 2010: How to Contact Relatives in Chile
After the Chile Earthquake that struck Saturday morning with a magnitude of 8.8, people from all over the world are wondering how they can get in touch with relatives and friends that live in Chile to make sure they are okay.
Information is still scarce and not all the lines of communication are open at this time, but we will continue to update this post when we know more.
The U.S State Department has set up a number for Americans to call if they are looking for infomation about relatives and friends: 1-888-407-4747. This line will receive a high number of calls however so you may hear a recording.
On Twitter there is also a number circulating for emergency telephones in Chile: 568 1290 / 568 1295
The Red Cross does have a presence in Chile and thier contact numbers and addresses are available to the public. Please be patient, they are dealing with a high volume of work at this time.
Google has set up a Person Finder for the people of Chile, where you can either input information of someone you are looking for, or information about yourself or someone you know you may be looking for you, family or friends.
Twitter can also be a good source of information. The Chilean Red Cross has a Twitter account you can follow, or try searching Twitter with the hashtag #Chile as many others are also searching for information.
There is also a Chile Earthquake Facebook page for people to try and make contact.
We will update this post if more contact options become available.