Chile needs concerted relief effort after massive earthquake

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 02 March 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1242
  1. Peter Moszynski
  1. 1London

    Chile is appealing for international medical assistance in the aftermath of the fifth most powerful earthquake ever recorded.

    The initial quake on 27 February measured 8.8 on the Richter scale—far larger than the 7.2 earthquake that recently devastated Haiti—and was followed by dozens of powerful aftershocks and tsunamis. The death toll is likely to be in the thousands, and more than half a million homes are thought to have been damaged.

    There has not been enough time for any detailed assessment, but as the BMJ went to press it was reported that six hospitals had totally collapsed and another two …

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