New Zealand Embassy Santiago, Chile

Chile Civil Defence Alerts

The following is a summary of alerts (current as at 23 March 2012):

  • Level: Yellow
  • Type: Increased seismic activity around volcano Llaima
  • Area affected: Areas near the volcano in Araucania Province and the Conguillio National Park
  • Expected duration: Unitl further notice
  • Action to take: Monitor local media for any change to alert level and follow advice of local authorities


Chilean civil defence authorities use a series of colour codes for internal organisation and to convey to the public the level of threat involved in any emergency event.

  • Green: Lowest level which covers a range of preparedness from “permanent vigilance” to “early warning”.
  • Yellow: Issued when an event is escalating and indications are that it may not be able to be controlled by local resources. Emergency services are put on stand-by.
  • Red: Triggers a full scale mobilization of resources to protect human life and property. This may include evacuation of everyone in the affected area and the employment of armed forces personnel.    


New Zealanders who find themselves in an area covered by a yellow or red alert should:

  • closely monitor local media for updates
  • follow any instructions issued by local emergency authorities
  • if time permits, register/update their personal details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • Sudden unpredictable events such as earthquakes, local tsunamis and storms obviously do not permit the sort of progressive, stage by stage escalation referred to above but the civil defence response to them would still use the above framework and terminology.


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