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Icelandic Search and Rescue Won’t Go to Chile

The international crisis response unit of the Icelandic Search and Rescue Association (ICE-SAR) will not be dispatched to the earthquake disaster zone in Chile. The reason is the long distance between Iceland and Chile and how much time has passed since the earthquake hit.

The European Union received a formal request for assistance from Chilean authorities on Monday, 48 hours after the earthquake hit, Fréttabladid reports.

The Chilean government asked for transportable hospitals, equipment for cleaning water, communication equipment and specialists in estimating the condition of buildings.

Crisis response units from countries closer to Chile are on their way to help save people from the rubble of collapsed buildings.

President of Iceland Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson sent a letter of condolence to President of Chile Michelle Bachelet on behalf of the Icelandic nation. He said Icelanders are sending warm thoughts to those who lost friends and family members in the earthquake.

The Icelandic Red Cross has decided to send ISK 3 million (USD 23,000, EUR 17,000) to emergency relief in Chile. The international Red Cross has contributed with ISK 360 million (USD 2.8 million, EUR 2.1 million) from its emergency fund.

There is still significant need for emergency relief in Haiti after a series of earthquakes hit the country in January. Twelve emergency workers from the Icelandic Red Cross have been station there and eight people are still in Haiti helping out, mainly medical workers.

Click here to read more about Icelandic aid for Haiti and here to read about the damaged Icelandic Coast Guard cruiser, which is located in Conception.

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