''The 8.8 quake caused widespread damage, destroying buildings, bridges and roads in many areas, including the capital where a chemical plant caught fire. ''
I'm not in Chile but planning to travel there in September. Obviously, this is much bigger than my trip that isn't happening for 6 months but let's say I no longer am holding my breath to go.
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?
Got a call from my sister early this morning that there is tsumani alert in the East coast of Australia, triggered by the 8.8 magnitude earthquake in Chile.
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.
It's so sad to hear about the earthquake in Chile as I was there nearly a month ago. I was planning to return later on in the year but I guess we'll have to see what happens now especially that there could be aftershocks and there is the tsumani warnings given for other Pacific countries.
Here is the latest blog about the earthquake. I didnt look yet, to see if there are more.
Apparently, Japan were also worried that a tsunami would reach them. 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.
Reporting from Nagoya, Japan A nervous Japan on Sunday prepared for Godzilla. What it got instead was closer to the car insurance gecko.
Quote from A worried but well-prepared Japan escapes tsunami damage
within minutes of introducing my first blog above, I slipped into bed and experienced an 8.8 earthquake in the heart of Santiago, Chile. I said I like to post scary stories, and just completed a blog of one of the scariest 90 seconds of my life. Check it out
...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. 😊
Nice Blog Slouchmonster. Being in Australia we don't have the earthquakes that other countries get. I only have ever felt one, i think it was like a 4 and lasted like 1/2 a second at most in Melbourne. I had no idea what it was until i watched the news later that day. Where i was staying was under the flight path of the Melbourne Airport and at the time i just gathered the loud rumble was a low flying jet.
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.