The 8.8 magnitude earthquake that ripped through Chile on Saturday, Feb. 27 was a stark reminder that no matter how prepared we are, natural forces still have the power to trump human ingenuity. Since Saturday, images have been flooding in, demonstrating that although the death tolls have not reached anything close to the loss of human life experienced in Haiti, the devastation is undeniable. As the Chilean government assesses the damage and opens its border to international aid, we wanted to give you a glimpse into the day-to-day reality that Chilenos are facing.
You can help by donating to the charities below:
Contribute to The Red Cross International Response Fund, which has already pledged 50,000 to help the effort. Your donations can help them to send more aid to the area.
Donate to the United Way, which has promised to provide long-term relief in the region. You can also text CHILE to 864833 to pledge $10 to the United Way.
You can also donate to Direct Relief International to help provide medical aid in the region, something which the Chilean government has specifically asked for assistance with. To give to the Chilean relief effort, visit Direct Relief International and type "Chile" in the Designation field to indicate where you'd like your donation to be used.
1. Chile - Flag
A man holds up a Chilean flag in a flooded area in Pelluhue, Chile, about 200 miles southwest of the capital city of Santiago on Sunday, Feb. 28.
(AP Photo/Roberto Candia)
2. Chile - Boat in Street
A boat washed away from a port onto the street by tidal waves sits among the rubble littering a street in Talcahuano, Chile.
(Kyodo via AP Images)
3. Chile - Destroyed Homes
People stand amidst the ruins of their destroyed homes in Dichato, Chile after a 8.8 magnitude earthquake devastated the region on Feb. 27.
(AP Photo/ Natacha Pisarenko)
4. Chile - Looters
A man throws goods from a market window as desperate people clamor for basic necessities in Concepcion, Chile on Monday, March 1. Security forces reportedly arrested dozens of people for violating an anti-looting curfew.
(AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
5. Chile - Hillary Clinton / Michelle Bachelet
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton reaches out to hug Chile's President Michelle Bachelet at the airport in Santiago on Tuesday, March 2, 2010. Clinton helped to make a small dent in Chile's needs by delivering 25 satellite phones and the promise of more aid from the United States.
(AP Photo/Jorge Sanchez)