[By Shideh] A magnitude 7.9 earthquake hit southern Peru, killing hundreds of people in the country’s second city, Areuipa, and possibly in the small villages near the coast (not confirmed yet). The heaviest damage seems to have occurred in Arequipa, Peru’s “white city”, known for its beautiful architecture and churches. It seems everyone fled their homes in panic and fear. There are now thousands of people homeless in southern Peru.
(pictures borrowed from ABC News and BBC)
A relatively trusted source to help the victims: http://www.redcross.org/donate/donate.html
I should add, though, that after the Bam earthquake many people were concerned that the Red Cross had a lot of over-head cost and they worried that a great portion of their donations would not go directly to the earthquake victims. Any opinions on this? Does anyone know of other good organizations to donate to?
It’s important to remember that phones do not work in such situations as the number of calls increases dramatically and many areas lose power and communication. Text messaging may be a more effective communication tool in such cases. Also, please see the post on “Hooman’s thoughts on emergency management and amateur radio” below. This is increasingly becoming a hot topic.