reply to post by MorgothaM
Because you live in that part of the world, then you know there have been quakes there for hundreds and thousands of years. You probably hear the
older people talk about them.
So, when the experts say that there is a 99% chance of another big quake, but they don't know when, then they are saying nothing new. It is like,
they are saying this to remind people that it's in the history of the region. But it may be many years before there is another quake so big in Chile.
It's like the situation in California, for example. They get quakes every day, but mostly small ones. People in California know that there will be
another "big one", but they also know, that it does no good to worry about it too much. It could be tomorrow, or it could be in 10 years, 20 years,
even longer. Many of them are prepared, but they don't worry.
, you are blessed: you survived this quake! It was one of the biggest in the world in a long time, and it did a lot of damage and
tragically killed people, but most people survived because you have good buildings. Most of your buildings are well made because your government
that you get big quakes. The poor people in Haiti were not so lucky, because it is a long time since they had a bad quake, so they did
not have good buildings -- and your quake was stronger than theirs!
Please try not to worry too much. I know -- it is easy for me to say it, because where I live in Europe, we don't get big quakes. When I lived in
Australia, our biggest problem was fires. I lived in the country and it was beautiful, but always was the risk of fire. And one terrible day, I lost
my home in a fire. Everything I had was gone. I had only the clothes I was wearing. But I survived, and so I felt blessed, because a house is nothing
if you have your life, your family and your friends.
You went through a terrible experience, but it will make you stronger. Please don't fear the future. Be glad for every day, and for your family and
the friends you have! Now you know
-- and you know it better than many
people who are older -- you know
that life and family and
friends are the most important. True?