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Earthquake In Chile

On February 27th 2010, at 3:34 A.M. I was violently waken up by an earthquake. I could hardly get up and though I tried to get to my parents’bedroom  and see whether they were OK I  could not move.  The lights went out almost the moment the quake began and all I could feel-besides the violent shaking- was the loud noise of alarms nearby and of objects falling down. The quake lasted about 3 minutes but it seemed endless. After the main one there were many aftershocks. It was really difficult to get information about the situation. I realized at that moment that, although Chile is a seismic country, we are very unprepared to endure a situation like this: cell phones did not work, we had no portable radios available nor even a torchlight!  After a few hours we learned that the magnitude had been 8.8, many cities and towns had been devastated and that the quake had also caused a tsunami. About five hundred people died and many houses, hospitals, schools and even modern buildings were destroyed. My one-story house resisted very well and only a window pane was broken but many people lost their dwellings because they are so damaged that must be torn down. This happened almost two months ago and although aftershocks are now less frequent and violent many people are still very scared.

norylui norylui 56-60, F 2 Responses Apr 27, 2010

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Cellphones fail basically because lines get blocked with so many people trying to call at the same time. It also happens a second after the clock strikes 12 on New Year's Eve. I wonder if it is the same in other countries? And yes, many people chose to stay in bed and cover their heads somehow as the quake was taking place, especially those who live in tall buildings...but there were a few apartment buildings which collapsed and at least seven people died.

8.8 sounds really intense. Good thing you survived. I've heard being in bed is one of the safest places to be. I wonder why cell phones didn't work? Is it because the towers fell. I mean radio waves are out there always.