maxine wrote:We are in Las Condes and have an apartment on the 18th floor. We had a terrifying time when the building started swaying and our patio doors were just opening and closing with each swing, I really thought the building was going to collapse. The aftershocks aren't helping either and I just keep expecting it to start all over again. I hope I never have to experience anything like this again and my thoughts are with the families who have loved ones in the worst hit areas of Chile.
Australia can expect a tsunami from about 8:15 am today officials said. Seismic waves could reach the east coast of Japan around noon, the country's meteorological agency said.
Riyko wrote:maxine wrote:
What's the damage like in Las Condes? Or what is it like in Las Condes? My ex (who is my best friend) hasn't been able to get a hold of his family in Las Condes, he's been trying to call them all day, but no luck so we're both worried about them.
Neither, I'm in Caracas at the moment... I get around
I was just able to talk to my family in Valdivia, they're all OK. The quake hit about 45mins after the show from Viña had finished around 3am, and was followed by a very strong aftershock. There's minor damage to houses in general (wood might resist quakes better), but the Costanera in Valdivia has a lot of cracks and apparently the pool at the casino is leaking. A lot of panic due to the power cuts and the very strong aftershock, and also because there were reports that the sea had receded... it could all have been a lot worse.
Electricity is out in a lot of places, and although the fixed phones and internet appear to be generally working, anyone with a cordless home phone won't be able to use it and people with laptops won't want to empty their batteries being connected all the time. Unfortunately mobile phone network (Entel and Movistar at least) seem to be completely out. Also, in Valdivia TelSur have a wireless phone network, this appears to be working as well. I think the major problems calling people are with access from outside the country, people within Chile seem to be able to call each other.
TVN reports a lot of damage from Concepción and Talcahuano, friends of ours from there arrived (luckily) in Valdivia last night. Their house is at least intact.
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