An 8.3-magnitude earthquake, the worst this year, hit off the coast of central Chile on Sept. 16, killing a dozen people and causing 1 million people to evacuate their homes. The earthquake likely caused billions in damage and lasted for more than three minutes. Following the shocks, tsunami waves hit the coast further north and south of the quake’s epicenter. Hundreds of families are now without their homes, businesses, electricity and drinking water.
Lutheran Disaster Response is already in the process of assessing the urgent needs in areas impacted by the disaster. Communication with our companion church and partners on the ground has informed us of the current situation and a community-based support strategy is underway. As a church, we have a long history of standing with our brothers and sisters in Chile. In the coming weeks and months, we will continue to stand with and support the needs of those greatly impacted by the earthquake.
What you can do:
Pray for those who are affected by the earthquake and tsunami, that they may be granted peace and healing.
Your gifts are needed now to help with immediate relief. Gifts designated for the Chile Earthquake will be used in full (100 percent) to assist those directly impacted.
To learn more about the situation and the ELCA’s response: