Slovaks who were in Chile when a massive earthquake struck the country on February 27 are all safe and well, Slovak Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesman Peter Stano told TASR on February 28.
“We managed to contact the Slovak honorary consul in Chile's capital Santiago as well as two Slovak tourists,” said Stano.
The 21 employees of Slovak Energy Engineering Works (SES) Tlmače in Nitra region who were working in the region are also well. “Our embassy in Buenos Aires in Argentina, which also covers neighbouring Chile, had been trying to get in touch with the Slovak citizens since Saturday morning, including in cooperation with SES Tlmače. It's still looking into whether there were any other Slovaks in that region”, added Stano.
The 8.8-magnitude quake that hit Chile early on February 27 killed at least 300 people. Chile's President Michele Bachelet declared a "catastrophe" in central Chile. TASR
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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1. Mar 2010 at 14:00