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Valparaíso Region Prepares for Evacuation Exercise

Valparaíso Region Prepares for Evacuation Exercise
April 23
10:26 2012

Last Friday the Governor of V Region de Valparaíso, Raúl Celis, met with local authorities and mayors from coastal provinces, in which they confirmed the plan to carry out of an extensive earthquake and tsunami evacuation exercise in May, in which they expect to evacuate about 600,000 people.

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Helper during exercise in the Atacama region Photo: Gobierno de Chile

SANTIAGO –-  Celis said that the exercise involves 20 cities and 40 coastal towns of the fifth region and invites everyone who inhabit the coast to participate with the goal to be prepared for any natural phenomenon.

“The evacuation exercise is supported by flooding maps by SHOA (hydrographic and oceanography services of the Chilean armada) which are composed of a 300 year history, so the information is most precise. I hope our neighbors collaborate with this activity that aims for the well-being, security and health of the people.”

The mayor of Valparaíso on his part said that “we are preparing for the exercise the 28th of May. We will integrate all the local committees of security”.

Guillermo de la Maza, the regional director of ONEMI (National Emergency Office of the Interior Ministry) explained the exercise “helps us to improve all the activities we have been working on for years” and to generate a preventive culture. “We call upon the municipalities to be prepared and be our partners in this.  We expect to evacuate more than 600 000 people on the coast.”

Also the authorities inaugurated the coastal signs, which indicate the area of risks, the evacuation routes and security areas. “With it the residents who participate in this exercise have the possibility to be guided by these signs” said the head of Valparaiso’s region.

Just last week the region was hit with a 6.7 earthquake, however no tsunami warning was reported.

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Maggy Meyer

Maggy Meyer is a translator from Germany. She has lived in Chile since August 2011 and came to Santiago during the student movement after classes at her university in Iquique never begun. Besides doing translations she gives English classes and writes for ILC.

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