Chile's Key Port Of Valparaiso Operating At Limited Capacity.
Chile's key port of Valparaiso is operating at limited capacity after Saturday's earthquake devastated the country's central regions. In a press release on its Web site, port operator Empresa Portuaria de Valparaiso, or EPV, said berths 1, 2, and 3 at Terminal 1 and berth 6 at Terminal 2 have been operating since Sunday afternoon.
"The port infrastructure resisted the seismic event reasonably well," EPV said.
The company said berths 4 and 5 at Terminal 1 and berths 7 and 8 at Terminal 2 have been closed pending an evaluation of possible damage.
Terminal Pacifico Sur Valparaiso, the company that has the concession to operate the five berths at Terminal 1, said in a separate statement that berths 1, 2 and 3 are operational.
Valparaiso is about 120 kilometers, about 74 miles, to the northwest of the capital Santiago.
The 8.8 magnitude earthquake Saturday killed at least 723 people and caused significant damage in south-central Chile.
The port in the northern city of Iquique, which is home to a major free trade zone, was operating normally Monday, a port employee said.
Chile's other major ports include San Antonio, just to the south of Valparaiso, and Talcahuano, which is located near the epicenter of the earthquake. Officials at those ports couldn't be reached for comment.