ORIGINALLY FROM BOGOTÁ, COLOMBIA, DANIELA FRANCO IS FEATURES EDITOR FOR THE DESERT SUN, A USA TODAY AND GANNETT PUBLICATION, BASED OUT OF PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA.

SHE HAS PREVIOUSLY WRITTEN FOR NBC NEWSTHE NEW YORK TIMES STUDENT JOURNALISM INSTITUTE AND TAKEPART.COM.

SHE STUDIED JOURNALISM, SOCIOLOGY AND LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES AT NEW YORK UNIVERSITY'S GALLATIN SCHOOL OF INDIVIDUALIZED STUDY.

Chileans Use Social Media to Let Loved Ones Know They Are Safe

Chileans Use Social Media to Let Loved Ones Know They Are Safe

Following the deadly earthquake in Chile, many of the country's residents are using Facebook to let their loved ones and their friends know they are okay.

After the 8.3-magnitude earthquake hit the center and north of the country Wednesday, Chileans were using Facebook's Safety Check feature - which sends an "Are you OK?" notification if it looks like the user is near the affected zone. The alert includes a list of friends in the area who are safe and those pending an update. Once the safety status is updated, the user's friends receive a notification and it creates a post for their profile newsfeed.

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On World Peace Day, Colombia Looks Forward to War-Free Future

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Mexico Confirms 2 Dead In Egypt Air Strike, Pledges Support for Families

Mexico Confirms 2 Dead In Egypt Air Strike, Pledges Support for Families