Immediately following his inauguration, Chile’s new president visited areas devastated by last months’ earthquake.
Sebastian Pinera met with local officials in Rancagua. He urged residents to remain calm and assured them the government is doing its best to help: “The government will always respond in an effective and timely manner during catastrophes such as the one we have witnessed. We will quickly reach those people who need help, in order to save all the lives we can,” he said.
Nine aftershocks hit Chile on Thursday. Magnitudes of up to 6.9 shook the ground, even as the new president took office.
Terrified people once again, fled buildings, fearing a repeat of what happened in February.
Pinera is the country’s first right-wing president for 52 years. The Harvard-trained economist and billionaire businessman was quick to issue directives following the aftershocks, by ordering people living in coastal areas to head for higher ground.