Sorry people, I use to read all the thread before posting everytime since I'm here on ATS, but this time I come to say what I can see from the very
I live in Santiago. Oh God it was HUGE. We're used to quakes since we are in the middle of Pacific's Ring of Fire, but this thime it just creeped me
to death. I was brushing my teeth before a long night reading ATS, just after going to sleep. The bath's lights started to blink but I didn't paid
attention. Most all of you (the ones who don't live near to a seismic area) would have creeped with the first stage of the shake, but I didn't.
Well, I keept brushing my teeth and my aunt screamed "EARTHQUAKE!!!!" and we runned up to the pillars that support our building (a 50's one, it
haves resisted 3 quakes before. A good ol' one). I hugged that pillar if like there was no tomorrow and started to pray like mad, all with a mouth
full of toothpaste
. It lasted around 3 minutes, the most long three minutes gap of my life...
Then, when the quake finished (lights off, no radio, no... nothing) I had a panic attack, the biggest one of my life.... but my aunt made me some
coffee (we had water all the time, the only service that was still up) and I managed to reach my cigarettes in the dark, along with my ravotril.
We stayed up all night, awake, because of replicas that didn't let us sleep. We recieved an old lady that lives in the third floor on my flat because
she lives alone and was so scared... Nearly 6 Am I went outside to take a walk (not everyday you can walk in the morning only in your pajamas). Under
the light of dawn, it looked like a scene of The Pianist. God, debris everywhere. Like a war place...
The damages on my flat weren't that huge, just a pair of cracks on some walls, and my aunt's full collection of crystal glasses broke on the floor.
We didn't knew what really happened in the country since yesterday by 9 PM, when we got the electricity service back...
And I can say, with property, that I've never expected something like this. Roads fully moved out of place, like in the movies... almost all churches
(we're almost all Catholics on Chile, so catholic churches everywhere) destroyed and laying on the floor... the houses near my neighborhood all
partially or fully destroyed, I live in the old quarter of Santiago and there (sadly, was) a lot of old adobe constructions. My aunt's boyfriend's
house was one of those, it lost it's back wall completely and now is searching where to stay. In Concepcion, a whole building was laying ON IT'S
We had a pair of tsunamis in Juan Fernandez (Where Robinson Crusoe island is), Talcahuano, near Concepción and near the epicenter, and a little one
on Easter Island.
Confusion here is a big deal, now they're looting the supermarkets and assaulting people on the streets in the most damaged cities...
Anyway, the most heavy mark this is leaving me is the roads... is so impressive how the newest ones are completely destroyed...
This is the post card for me.. unbelievable.
But if you think, this quake was biggest than a lot of the last ones we've had. And there's just 700 deaths. It's for the same reason that when
there's a quake in Japan almost everybody survives. Our constructions are safest to survive, even when they are partially destroyed.
Thanks God I'm alive and kicking... A little scared but alive...