Saturday, 27 February 2010

Earthquake in Chile

One of the strongest earthquakes of all time just hit Chile this morning, and has severely affected Concepción. It is even stronger than the earthquake that hit Haiti. I'm quite worried about my relatives and friends there and in Santiago, too. What is quite worrying is that Chile now have their first democratically elected right-wing president since 1958, and Pinera is known to be quite an impatient, hot-headed man...

I was often driven across that bridge when I was younger...

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This is my first (and probably last) post concerning current events...

3 comments:

Ulysses said...

Gracias por tu solidaridad a la distancia. un abrazo

Jenny said...

I saw that and thought of you.

Are you sure it's bigger than Haiti? I read that 200 people have died, which although is bad, doesn't seem a lot in comparison to 150,000.

Simon King said...

The Haiti earthquake was 7.0 in the richter scale, and Chile was 8.8. The reason why there's been less damage is that Hati is far less economically developed, and Chile has had a history of earthquakes so all the buildings and infrastructure are prepared for a catastrophe of this magnitude.