chilechinadollz wrote:hoping someone here is up at midnight reading? we've seen as i said military using water cannons, tear gas on looters, supermarkets, department stores. the damge seems quite severe. sorry but just reporting what i see. pls no accusations of glooming people please,,,also bad pichilemu, chillan, talca, collapsed highways,
many strong aftershocks last night here in santiago, i slept with my shoes on ready to run again. we are leaving the capital tomorrow am south. anyway imo the situation has grown worse over the day. if things change her in satiago i don't want to be here for the fireworks, but so far i admit santiago is tranquillo, but the situation can change if power is lost agin imo.
maybe your news elsewhere is being controlled to keep calm??? any replys
Yes, unfortunately everything you mentioned is in the news since this morning. I will resume the last 24 hours news that were available to the world. Not my own.
There were tsunamis in the Concepcion region (don't know the size of the waves) but the Robinson Crusoe Island was hit by 8 meters high waves. Boats are over the houses in the region. I believe it was in Concepcion or close to. This is not false alarm, I saw the images. CNN is broadcasting live from Concepcion and the situation is chaotic, building collapsed. There is no water, electricity or food. Not even bread. It is probably much more damage than the news that are reaching Chileans due to the lack of communications. Newspaper sites are mostly down since the earthquake. La tercera was online.
The looters were trying to get basic needs goods but others are taking larger things, that's why the police reacted with water and etc.
They are asking to restore order by broadcasting to Santiago (if that helps), but the looting will probably happen again tomorrow.
There were really major damages in that region. City of Taucahuano is still mostly flooded as a result of the tsunami waves and the government is sorry they didn't sound the tsunami alarm. At least 2 bridges collapsed in Santiago highways, Costanera Norte is affected, the airport was very affected too, mainly the passengers area, with the control tower working.The cost of the recovery will be around US$ 30 Billion.
Unfortunately the toll is around 750 people now.
Im trying to know about the roads but cannot get info of where the bridges collapsed and if it is possible to cross from Santiago to Temuco.I had a flight to Santiago early Monday (6:50hs) and is postponed at least until Wednesday. Maybe Charles can help me with information from the drivers working with him.
The news are now focused on the storms that killed many in Europe, mainly France and is a National Catastrophe with winds around 200KM/h.
If you need me to search or to provide more news just ask. I will be glad to help.
From the internet
Breaking News: Chile earthquake, man plunges 13 stories, daughter clings; looting (photos, video)
Here is what we know so far after the Chile earthquake, a magnitude 8.8 which happened last week and which left 700 people dead, also called "terremoto". It has been said to be 800 worse than the Haiti earthquake:
The army was called in to stop looters with tear gas and water cannons after the Chile earthquake.
Looters cleaned out a shopping mall in San Pedro, robbed ATM machines and removed gas from underground gas tanks.
Alas, aid is not getting through fast enough for the residents and people are hungry.
One man said in light of the aftermath of the Chile earthquake: "People have gone days without eating. The only option is to come here and get stuff for ourselves."
A curfew has been imposed for residents between 9pm and 6am, including in Concepcion.
Reports are that 2 million people have been displaced and a million homes have been damaged or destroyed as a result of the Chile earthquake. People are pitching tents on grassy areas.
"I lost my bed," one Chilean woman told ABC News. "I lost everything. All I have is the clothes on my back."
Fortunately in Hawaii, residents there dodged a bullet, as did residents in Japan.
Rescue workers are still looking for signs of life and time is of the essence. It’s believed that in one apartment building, 60 people are trapped inside and another 100 have possibly died.
The building fell the minute the earthquake hit, not far from Concepcion in Chile. Twenty-four hours later, 23 people had been rescued and 6 bodies had been pulled out. Some people believe they have been involved in miracles.
One, Alberto Rozas, was in the building with his daughter when the building shook and started to fall. He and his 7-year-old held onto each other for dear life as they fell 13 floors, not knowing which way was up.
"The earthquake and the fall were one single, horrible thing," Rozas told The Associated Press on Sunday. "I held onto her and she never let me go." They are both safe.
Another resident, Fernando Abarzua, emerged with no major injuries after the Chile earthquake, or "terremoto."
"I was on the eighth floor and all of a sudden I was down here (on the ground floor)" he told the London Times.
Firefighters have been using thermal detectors to find survivors, although they need additional fuel and water to continue.
President Obama’s offer of help will now be accepted by Chile, since the country is in dire need of aid workers, field hospitals, temporary bridges, and damage assessment experts.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will visit Chile this week.
"Our hemisphere comes together in times of crisis," Clinton said. "We will stand side by side with the people of Chile in this emergency."
See the slide show below for current pictures of the scene in Chile after the earthquake. People have looted supermarkets and gas stations. The army has used tear gas to disperse the crowds.