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Are you in Chile?
The actual quake itself is worse than Haiti however, the state of the buildings in Chile etc in Chile have meant that it hasn't caused as much damage as Haiti. Is that correct? It's also in a less populated area I believe. Chile is also a lot more financially and medically capable of handling this. Doesn't change the fact that it's EXTREMELY sad for the already confirmed 150 deaths and the massive financial burden this is going to give the country.
Here's hoping that this doesn't cause any major damaging tsunamis. The beaches near where I am in QLD, Australia are on tsunami watch; as are many others in Hawaii, other parts of South America, NZ, Japan, French Polynesia etc. They are also evacuating the coastal areas of Easter Island.
Has anybody ever travelled somewhere after terrorist/natural disaster. How soon after? What sort of ramifications did this have for your itinerary etc?
We are bracing ourselves for the potential tsunami that might hit Queensland, NSW, Victoria and Tasmania at the moment.
We were at the Gold Coast yesterday. I found it really weird with the sudden change in water temperature and surf condition. The nice warm water we were swimming in suddenly gone freezing cold and the waves turned wild, which made the surf rescue guards put on alert !
Hoping for the best ...
Chile is also a lot more financially and medically capable of handling this.
Yeah, I think that would be the case.
I read this news blog last night, and then dreamed that I was staying in a hostel someplace when an earthquake started. Everybody was wedging themselves in doorframes, and between any solid objects they could. I caught one of my fingers between 2 objects. Then after this happened a few times we all waited semi apprehensively in case it happened again, but still got on with the things we wanted to do. I dont know if this dream in any way reflects the reality of what being in an earthquake is like or not.
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Update from Chile
We are alive!
We are OK!
Reporting from Nagoya, Japan A nervous Japan on Sunday prepared for Godzilla. What it got instead was closer to the car insurance gecko.
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...within minutes of introducing my first blog above, I slipped into bed and experienced an 8.8 earthquake in the heart of Santiago,...
Goodness me! What a start to your blogging this is. I didnt read your blog yet, but I am glad that you are at lease safe and and well enough to make a blog. :)
old Santiago crumble
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How much of the world was expected to be affected by the earth quake? I dont think there were any warnings about it here in Europe.
About 50 countries and territories in the Pacific were put on alert. But the most vulnerable nations are the ones along the Pacific Ring of Fire such as Japan, Philippines, Indonesia, New Zealand, Tonga, Mariana Islands, Mexico, California and British Columbia (Canada) to name a few.
Reading Slouchmonster's blog brought flashback of the most terrifying moment of my life after surviving a 7.8 magnitude earthquake which claimed more than 1600 souls in the Philippines. I lost sense of orientation after being thrown out to the other side of the room of the building where I was at the time. It happened late in the afternoon and thought it was the end of the world as we know it. I was shaking and also felt like I was floating as we all rush out of the building. I was sobbing seeing the extent of the devastation on TV when I got home.