A massive earthquake and tsunami hit Chile this weekend. The earthquake epicenter was just 5km from Save The Waves Coalition’s Vigilante Costero (Coastkeeper) office and the focus of Save The Waves’ many years of environmental campaigns. The earthquake and tidal wave damage to the area where Save The Waves works is devastating. Friends, colleagues and neighbors in coastal Chile need our help more than ever before.
The good news is that loss of life thus far appears to be relatively low because the “gradual” start to the shaking allowed people to evacuate. But the destruction to infrastructure is devastating, including many destroyed homes, no drinking water, power, transportation, and communications. This means that aid & relief in the next few weeks will be crucial to save lives and lessen suffering.