On the morning of May 9, 2010, a powerful earthquake struck Chile’s Andes, which has been rocked by more than 3,000 quakes and landslides since 1716.
But the first reports of the earthquake came from Chile’s earthquake department, which had not received any warnings of the impending event, which was the worst earthquake in the country’s recorded history.
It killed nearly 3,400 people and left at least 2,500 injured, according to the Chilean government.
The country was still reeling from a previous magnitude-6 earthquake in 2001 that killed hundreds of people.
But since that time, the country has experienced more than 600 quakes, including the 2009 Chile earthquake, which killed more than 5,000 people.
And on May 9 that time it was the Chilean army that was among the first to respond.
In the hours after the quake, as people tried to find their way to safety, soldiers and rescue workers quickly responded to calls for help from the public, including those who wanted to help their neighbors.
But as many of the calls were for the military, many of those who were sent out did not understand how to deal with the situation, said one veteran of the military who asked not to be named because he was not authorized to speak publicly.
Some military members were hesitant about coming to the rescue because they did not know how to properly use their firearms, he said.
But many others who came forward had little experience with emergency response.
“We did not have a training course, or anything like that, and we just had to ask our superiors, ‘Hey, what can we do?'” said the veteran, who requested anonymity out of fear for his safety.
“I can’t even imagine what it would be like if someone was shot, or if a vehicle was overturned.
That’s how it feels.”
The veteran said the military’s response to the quake was poor.
He said it was unclear how much military support was provided to the military or how quickly it would have been able to respond to the earthquake.
The military did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The Chilean government and the military have been embroiled in a feud over the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake.
After a report in La Nacion newspaper in September 2010, which accused the military of mismanagement in the aftermath, military officials announced the creation of a “new mission” tasked with managing and dealing with emergencies.
The report found the military had failed to deal effectively with the 2010 quake, with several military officers allegedly involved in the disaster being forced to resign.
The new mission was designed to address the failures, the army said in a statement at the time.
The Pentagon has also said it will create a task force to ensure that the military is better prepared for the future.
But in a recent interview with Reuters, the military said the task force will have the authority to deal only with disasters in which it is in control.
The retired lieutenant general, who has spoken publicly about the 2010 Chile earthquake since, said that while the military was not in control of the response, it did have the capacity to provide assistance to the public.
The army also has acknowledged it has a long history of mismanaging disasters, including when it was involved in a massive forest fire that killed at least 30,000 forest workers in 2003, as well as the 2002 tsunami that killed more that 200,000 in Japan.
It has said it is taking a number of steps to prevent such disasters from happening again, including establishing disaster-response units, reviewing its disaster-management procedures and hiring additional employees.
The Army, which says it is “one of the most resilient in the world,” has also struggled to prevent disasters such as the 2010 Chilean earthquake, according, to a 2014 study from the Harvard Business School, which found that only five percent of the Army’s workforce was prepared for emergencies.
While the military has had the capability to respond rapidly to major natural disasters, the lessons from Chile have not yet been applied to other major disasters.
And the military in Chile has not made a similar effort to train its personnel in disaster response.
That lack of training, coupled with the failure to prepare for major disasters in the past, has made it difficult for the army to deal successfully with disasters such an earthquake, said Richard Veltri, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress who has researched the military.
“There’s no question the military would have a better chance of dealing with a catastrophic event if they had trained their personnel more, and they were more prepared,” he said in an interview.
“But they don’t.
They’re still doing the same old thing.”
The military has been a key player in the response to disasters, often with a focus on the military and its weapons, Veltrip said.
It’s not the only country that has been criticized for not being as prepared as the military as it has been for previous disasters.
Chile was the first