The February 27 earthquake that struck Chile had a magnitude of 8.8, killed over 500 people and destroyed or damaged numerous buildings, including dental laboratories. "We are very busy repairing the laboratory," says Otto Schulz, owner of 25-person Schulz Dental Ltda. in Santiago, noting that aftershocks are still occurring, though they are softer and less frequent. "Our equipment wasn't damaged, but 80% of our interior walls must be rebuilt. Other laboratories weren't as lucky; many have suffered significant damage and some were completely destroyed."
Approximately two thirds of Chile's population lives in the affected area. "Little by little we're learning that the damage is really bigger than we originally thought. Fortunately, our government has acted very well to aid the general public, but many people still need help of all kinds," says Schulz.
If you would like to make a donation to the repair/rebuild efforts or volunteer your time, please contact Schulz at firstname.lastname@example.org.