The 8.8Mw earthquake that hit Chile on February 27th, 2010 was the 7th most powerful ever recorded! It was almost 800 times more powerful (in terms of energy expended) than the one that hit Haiti!
The devastation is huge and the loss of life is in the hundreds. The power outages and food shortage is compounded by the numerous aftershocks, some reaching even a 6.9!
Thankfully, my family is good and my thoughts go out to all other Chileans.
To tie this in to heraldry, here is a previous article on the heraldry of Chile.