2010 Chile earthquakes: Government confirms 452 dead
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Chilean Government confirmed 452 deaths caused by the earthquake and tsunami that struck the central and south zones of Chile on February 27 and the Pichilemu earthquake on March 11. The official death toll was released yesterday by the Interior Undersecretary Rodrigo Ubilla.
Ubilla explained that "after a rigorous work in which participated Carabineros, the Investigation Police, the Medical Legal Service, and the Civil Registry, and was later checked by the Interior Undersecretary, we made a unique list of dead people and of denunciations of presumed dead."
In spite of this, Ubilla said that there are just 359 identified dead people, with death certificates and cause of death. He added that in 67 other cases, the dead people were identified by RUT (identification number), but there are no death certificates issued, that is the tool "that allows us to clarify if the death was produced directly by the earthquake or the tsunami." Carabineros reports, at least, 97 presumed disgraces denunciations, related to the cataclysm.
- "Lista Oficial de Personas Fallecidas (Official list of dead people)" — , March 19, 2010 (Spanish)
- "Lista Oficial de Personas Desaparecidas (Official list of disappeared people)" — , March 19, 2010 (Spanish)
- "Chile Govt Confirms 452 Dead, 97 Disappeared From Earthquake" — , March 19, 2010
- "Chile reduces quake death toll to 452; only 359 confirmed" — , March 20, 2010
- A. Ch./La Nación. "Gobierno cifra en 452 víctimas fatales de terremoto" — , March 20, 2010 (Spanish)
- Catalina Pérez. "PDI ha recibido 130 denuncias por presunta desgracia después del terremoto" — , March 17, 2010 (Spanish)