An 8.8 magnitude earthquake, the strongest in the last 50 years, struck Chile on 27 February 2010. The death toll was 723. In the health sector, eight hospitals were left out of service and 10 suffered major damage. However, to put these numbers into perspective, the overwhelming majority of hospitals in the affected area--76 hospitals--continued operating without major difficulties. Although aftershocks continued for several weeks after the earthquake, no further damage was reported.