February 28, 2010
Earthquake in Chile

Latin America | Chile
vrs RTS International

Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Chile following the massive earthquake that struck the country early Saturday morning.

The devastating earthquake that hit central Chile at 06:34 GMT on Saturday, 27th February 2010 is estimated to have been 8.8 on the Richter scale with its epicenter about 91km (56 miles) north-east of the city of Concepcion and 317km south-west of the capital, Santiago.  In the south of the country many roads and bridges have collapsed, making accessibility for the emergency services hazardous. Heritage sites in the cities of Curico, Talca, Concepcio and Los Ángeles have been destroyed.

The Bocamina power plant at Coronel, close to the epicenter, might have suffered some damage. Hydroelectric plants in the Bio-Bio region are still generating, but are being inspected for damage.

Several Pacific countries were hit by waves higher than usual after a tsunami was set off by the quake.

We are relieved to report that all the staff of RTS in Chile have survived. The RTS office in Santiago suffered some minor damage. The branch office in Concepcion which was closest to the epicenter has been more severely affected.

Telephone and internet lines are working again in Santiago and our Catastrophe Response team are in place and standing by to assist our clients once they have been able to assess their exposures.

The vrs CAT teams have been divided into 3 groups, according to region and/or type of risk:

1) 8th region and Viñas

2) Santiago

3) Power Plants Claims  (Thermal/Hydraulic)

Please contact us on the following local toll-fee numbers: 

+56-25814454 (Santiago Chile) and +1-800-670-2574 in USA.

or by email to chile@vrsadjusters.com or to the Regional Director, Javier Guardia -  jguardia@rtsgrupo.com

vrs Adjusters has new Partners in the US, in the UK and in Ireland.

vrs Adjusters has two new partners in the US, in the UK and in Ireland.

Engle Martin & Associates, Inc. is a leading national independent loss adjusting and claims management provider in the US. The company has 70 offices and 650+ employees and is based in Atlanta, Georgia

QuestGates Limited is a UK leading independent specialist loss adjuster and operates from 14 offices across the UK and in Ireland.