European Commission signs Earth observation cooperation arrangements with Colombia, Chile and Brazil

The European Commission has signed Cooperation Arrangement with Colombia, Chile and Brazil. Under the arrangements, the three countries will gain access to the wide range of applications of the Copernicus Earth observation programme and


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Wed, 14/03/2018 - 10:28

Forest fires in Chile, the International Charter has been activated

Forest fires in Chile. Image courtesy of NASA.

A state of emergency has been declared on 26 January 2017 in south-central Chile due to the worst forest fires that the region has experienced in its modern history. The fires began in mid-January and spread quickly because of this year’s especially hot and dry summer in South America.


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Wed, 01/02/2017 - 02:47

Dust occurring in Chile

Image courtesy of NASA, Jeff Schmaltz, LANCE/EOSDIS Rapid Response. Caption by Pola Lem.

On the beginning of July 2016, airborne dust reached the coast of Chile. This phenomenon hardly ever occurs in the west coast of South America, according to atmospheric researchers.


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Wed, 27/07/2016 - 22:33

International Charter activated for earthquake in Chile

 8.3 magnitude earthquake in Chile (Image: VICE)

The International Charter: Space and Major Disasters has been triggered to provide satellite-based emergency maps in response to a powerful 8.3 magnitude earthquake in Chile and also caused a tsunami, which affected some parts of the coast. The mechanism was activated on 17 September 2015, at 09:37:02 (UTC+03:00) by ONEMI.

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Mon, 21/09/2015 - 22:05


Chile: International Charter activated due to tsunami

Satellite image of flooding in Chile

The International Charter: Space and Major Disasters was activated on 02 April 2014 to provide satellite image products in support of the response efforts for the tsunami event on the northern coast of Chile.


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Wed, 02/04/2014 - 14:36

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UNASUR: Consulta subregional sobre el nuevo marco internacional para la reducción del riesgo de desastres post-2015

This is event is available for participation on an ongoing basis

Evento organizado por la Presidencia del Grupo de Trabajo de Alto Nivel para la Gestión Integral del Riesgo de Desastres de la Unión de Naciones Suramericanas (UNASUR) y la Oficina de las Naciones Unidas para la Reducción del Riesgo de Desastres (UNISDR)







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Santiago de Chile

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United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction – Regional Office for the Americas (UNISDR - AM); Union of South American Nations (UNASUR)

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UNOOSA holds workshop on Space Applications for Socio-Economic Benefits

On 12 to 16 November 2012, UNOOSA organized the Workshop "Space Technology Applications for Socio-Economic Benefits" in Santiago de Chile, Chile. The Workshop was the third activity of the UN Progamme on Space Applications focusing exclusively on socio-economic benefits of space technology applications. In 2010 and 2011 two previous workshops were held in Turkey and Vietnam.


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Wed, 28/11/2012 - 10:22

ESA Satellites show rising ground in Andes

In the central Andes mountains, satellites have detected ground deformation under way above a major subterranean magma body. The Altiplano–Puna volcanic province is part of an active volcanic arc in South America’s central Andes. Extending through Peru, southwestern Bolivia, Chile and northwestern Argentina, it is home to a number of large calderas formed following catastrophic eruptions. Beneath the surface of Altiplano–Puna, about 17–19 km deep, lies the largest known active magma body in Earth’s continental crust.

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Tue, 16/10/2012 - 08:06




National Emergency Office of the Ministry of Interior (ONEMI)
Unidad de Gestión Territorial, División de Protección Civil
Address:Calle Beaucheff N°1671, Santiago, Chile
Telephone: 56-2-22524395 – 22524390
E-Mail: jpiedra [at] ">jpiedra [at]






Chilean Space Agency

The Chilean Space Agency was established in 2001 and dissolved in 2014, at which time the space programme became part of the Ministry of Defence. The programme facilitates the development of space based-information and technology for application in different national activities. It promotes the use of geospatial technologies for the benefit of public policy and the economic and social development of the country, including regional integration. 


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