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Sisters Experience Chilean Earthquake with the People They Serve
On February 27, 2010, a powerful earthquake measuring 8.8 on the Richter scale struck the Pacific Ocean coastline of Chile at 3:34 a.m. (local time). According to news reports, nearly 1,000 people have died and nearly 1.5 million homes have been damaged.
The earthquake's epicenter was some 100 kilometers northeast of the costal city of Concepción, southwest of the capital Santiago. A tsunami warning was issued for the entire Pacific basin as a result of the quake. There are still reports of strong aftershocks near the epicenter, and as far as the capital city.
Our Sisters of St. Joseph serve in Talca and Curepto, Chile, as do the members of the Familia de San José (associates of the Sisters of St. Joseph who work closely with the sisters and share in our charism, prayers and mission).
The physical, psychological and financial consequences of the earthquake and the tsunami will be felt by the Chilean people for years to come. Please continue to hold in your prayers and thoughts our Sisters and the people of Chile as they try to come to terms with the extent of this huge disaster. While many have to deal with the painful loss of loved ones, serious injuries and destruction of homes, others are still waiting to hear news from family members and friends caught up in the earthquake.
To read a first-hand account of the earthquake by one of our Sisters and to view a slide show of photos taken in Curepto and Talca by our sisters, click HERE.