A large forest fire on 12 April has affected Valparaiso City (5th region). Local authorities have declared a state of emergency. Chilean armed forces have activated their emergency response. A large number of people have been evacuated. British nationals are advised to monitor ONEMI’s website www.onemi.cl or via twitter @onemichile.
A large earthquake of magnitude 8.2 struck off the coast of northern Chile on 1 April. Tsunami warnings were issued and later lifted. A further earthquake occurred on 2 April. Strong tremors and aftershocks continue to take place.