On September 16, 2015, a powerful, 8.3 magnitude earthquake hit just off the coast of Chile, about 145 miles from Santiago, Chile's largest city. The quake caused a 15-foot tsunami along the Chilean coast and landslides in the hilly areas of the region. As a result, 1 million people have been evacuated and at least eight have died. Initial reports also indicate that many homes and buildings have been damaged and destroyed by the quake, especially in the the city of Illapel. Meanwhile, electricity and cell phone service is out for hundreds of thousands of people.
While several relief charities are monitoring the situation to determine if and how they can help, we are aware of one charity that is already collecting funds. The charity, GlobalGiving, has set up a fund to provide emergency medical aid to Chile. If you are interested in learning more, then we encourage you to review our rating for GlobalGiving and then visit their site for more specifics on how they're helping.