Haiti’s earthquake on January 12th lasted 35 seconds and resulted in around 200,000 deaths.
The Haitian government and international agencies estimate that Haiti will need $11.5bn (£7.55bn) to rebuild after the devastating earthquake.
Chile’s seismic tremor on February 27th, was 500 times stronger, measuring 8.8 in magnitude, compared with Haiti’s 7.0.
Yet the number of casualties lay in the hundreds. There was far less physical damage to structures and phone lines in Santiago began operating again within hours.
While bloggers were quick to compare and contrast the two disasters, largely saying that Chile was better prepared for its quake, fundraisers, endorsed by celebrities such as Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, quickly mobilised to support those affected by both disasters. Disaster experts also praised the quick response from the rest of the world.
WHYS touch base with those in the two countries to speak to the people and hear what challenges lie ahead for them.
On today’s programme we have guests from both Chile and Haiti, who will be sharing their experiences from the ground, and connecting with each other. Here are the thoughts of some of the guests: Alex Winter, of the British Red Cross , will be speaking from the Cross’s base camp in Port au Prince. He says that “food and financial contributions are not of immediate concern, it is land allocation for the displaced. He will also talk about the concerns for the rainy season that starts in April and hurricane season that starts in June.
Line Wolf Nielsen will be talking from SOS Children’s Village in Santo. (Photo credited to Line Wolf Nielsen from SOS Children’s Village).
She has been looking after the 33 children who the American missionaries were accused of abducting in the aftermath of the quake. Today, they will be reunited with their parents.
WHYS will be reconnecting with Chilean husband and wife, Pablo and Soledad Grollmus. The couple were separated during the quake, with Pablo stranded in Santiago and Soledad in Atlanta. They will speak of the many aftershocks in Chile, one “measuring 7.7 in magnitude, larger than the Haitian quake“. There will also be opportunity for those in Chile to connect with Haiti and share experiences. Dr Natalie Phaerd, a Haitian doctor in Port au Prince, will be speaking with Chilean medical student Jorge from Santiago.