May 20, 2013
Piñera lifts tsunami alert for most of Chile
Chilean President Sebastián Piñera informed the Chilean public that the tsunami alert could be lifted today for the majority of the country. However certain parts of the Northern area of Chile are still at risk, following the earthquake which hit Japan yesterday.
“The state of alert and evacuation across the country can now be lifted,” Piñera stated today while attending a meeting in the National Office for Emergencies (Onemi).
The only towns which need to maintain a state of alert are the areas of Arica, Iquique, Antofagasta, Pisagua and Caldera, in the north, just as Constitución, Talcahuano and Lebu, in the south, which were affected by the tsunami in February 2010.
According to an official in the town of Arica, which borders with Peru, “the sea movements are still very strange,” thereby furthering Piñera’s plea to keep the alerts active.
In the rest of the country, the public were able to return to their neighbourhoods, after having been requested to leave by order of the government, when the news struck about the earthquake which devastated Japan yesterday.
Piñera furthered “I want to ask all Chileans that they return to their homes just as calmly as they evacuated them yesterday.”
The authorities authorised people to return to their houses from on Easter Island, in the Antarctic, Port Williams and Puerto Paraíso.
Equally in response to the areas which remain under alert, Piñera stated that “the situation is and will be permanently monitored” to be able to “react on time and sufficiently, to avoid more tragedy or loss of lives.”