The 2010 Chile earthquake occurred off the coast of central Chile on 27 February 2010, at 03:34 local time, having a magnitude of 8.8 on the moment magnitude scale, with intense shaking lasting for about three minutes.
The earthquake was felt strongly in six Chilean regions that together make up about 80 percent of the country’s population. The earthquake triggered a tsunami which devastated several coastal towns in south-central Chile and damaged the port at Talcahuano. Tsunami warnings were issued in 53 countries. The earthquake also generated a blackout that affected 93 percent of the country’s population and which went on for several days in some locations. President Michelle Bachelet declared a state of catastrophe and sent military troops to take control of the most affected areas. According to official sources, 525 people lost their lives, 25 people went missing and about 9% of the population in the affected regions lost their homes.
The humanitarian response to the 2010 Chile earthquake included national governments, charitable and for-profit organizations from around the world which began coordinating humanitarian aid designed to help the Chilean people.