European Union's first response to the 8.8 magnitude earthquake in Chile on February came from European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, Kristalina Georgieva.
Her full statement follows.
"I have been following the news of the large earthquake off Chile overnight. I want to first offer my condolences to the families of those who have been effected by this natural disaster."
"I have immediately activated the Crisis Room at the Commission's Monitoring and Information Centre (MIC), which is working with the European Union's delegation in Santiago. I have mobilized ECHO humanitarian experts to undertake urgent needs assessments if required.
ECHO has a regional office in Managua as well as offices in Bogota and Quito. The Monitoring and Information Centre is further assessing the situation and the Commission stands ready to provide immediate assistance and coordinate European efforts should that be required".
ECHO is the name of EC's humanitarian aid department.