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.