The 8.8 earthquake that hit Chile and the tsunamis that followed have seriously messed up the country. I was on the 22nd floor for it which is the best place to be! At least my family are ok now.

A couple of hours ago we experienced 3 "aftershocks" of 7.2, 6.8 and 6.0 on the Richter scale. That first one was stronger the earthquake that hit Haiti (7.0).
Phones were down but at least we had internet Emotion: stick out tongue
Damn these aftershocks!!!

The last week has felt like I have just come off a boat and still have my "sailor's legs"

Sorry, just my personal rant. I hate earthquakes.
WoodwardSorry, just my personal rant. I hate earthquakes.

You're not the only one who doesn't like earthquakes, I'm sure!

Glad to hear that you and your family are fine, Woodward!
Hi,

I actually did come off a boat (in Valparaiso) three days before the earthquake. Emotion: surprise

Clive
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I am so sorry you've been through the earthquake, and yet glad we can read your account, and - more importantly - happy that you & your family are fine.
I really cannot imagine what life must be in the middle of such disasters. You'll keep us posted, won't you?
With the very best wishes!
CliveI actually did come off a boat (in Valparaiso) three days before the earthquake.

Clive

REALLY!!! Were you here for the big shake or were you back on the boat for it?

They just downgraded the first aftershock from yesterday to 6.9. Still strong!
The "funny" thing is that they happened at the same moment the new president of Chile was being being sworn in. Has anyone seen the photos of the visiting presidents freaking when they happened. They had looks of horror on their faces as they looked up at the ceiling hoping it wouldn't fall on them. By the way, they had to evacuate Congress soon after the inauguration.

The news has said we have had 12 in the last 24 hours and all averaging around 5.0 on the Richter scale and they also say that they're likely to continue for at least the next couple of months.
I followed the news and was really sad.Great that your family is healthy! But there is so much destroyed and so many people died.Its so terrifying to see all those pictures in television and in newspapers.
Well first I thought to donate something. Then me and a couple of friends organized an appointment where all the people from the surrounding villages could meet and eat together cake and drink coffee.I made a cake and was suprised that it was really delicious Emotion: big smile.The meal was of course free. All we did was placing donation cans on the tables. The result was that we nearly gained 1500 euros, which is really much and donated it to an accepted organisation which helped children in chile.

I'm really glad that Germany isn't haunted by earthquakes.

Alex

ps: Best wishes to you Woodward Emotion: smile
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I hate earthquakes because it destroys everything today it happen at Mexico City and I think 32 years ago this same day happen another earthquake in Mexico City, and now is happening one at New Zealand.