TSF to flies to Chile Earthquake zone
Inmarsat-sponsored TSF dispatched a team from its base in Nicaragua to provide vital communications technical assistance for local and international relief agencies in the worst-affected zones.
The quake, which measured 8.8 on the Richter scale, struck at 01:00 local time on Saturday, 27 February, centred on a 90km area around the the city of Concepción, 340km (212 miles) south of the capital, Santiago.
Aftershocks of 7.5 continued to batter the country and the death toll, initially estimated at about 700, is expected to rise further because of the number of missing people.
A spokesman for TSF said: "We believe that telecommunications in Chile have been damaged considerably - and the fact that the airport at Santiago is closed because of the destruction caused - means that access will be very difficult.
"Chile's president Michelle Bachelet has indicated priority will be given to getting communications functioning.
"We have deployed a team of ICT specialists from our regional base in Managua and we will be sending reinforcements as quickly as possible from our headquarters in France and Bangkok."
Each TSF team is equipped with BGAN to provide support for emergency co-ordination centres, as well as Inmarsat Mini M for humanitarian calling operations.
Fears the quake could send a tsunami across the Pacific led to the Tsunami Warning Centre, based in Hawaii, issuing warnings to 53 countries. Shore authorities subsequently released alerts to shipping on the SafetyNET Inmarsat C Enhanced Group Call (EGC) system.
The Tsunami Warning Centre later lifted the warnings when the waves that came ashore on Japan proved to be minimal.
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