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Earthquake 8.8 magnitude hits Chile on Feb. 27

  • Feb 28, 2010
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I haven't planned on writing a review on Chile although I've visited this country at a time when most in North America stayed clear of traveling anywhere in its war against terrorism back then in 2003. Life again reminds us that it's not always going the way as one plans it! Just like that tour I signed up for with an American travel agency which liaised with its Chilean counterpart but I ended up the only person on that trip! However, things went on as normal in Chile and the Chilean company gave me a private tour of the country! That was a bargain as far as I was concerned and I had met some of the friendliest people on earth!

When I returned from that trip, I wrote a short travelogue on VirtualTourist.com & you can follow these links if you're interested:
Virtual Tour

Having been to this country gives me some comfort in knowing that if there's an earthquake, it wouldn't be in as bad a shape as the U.S. or Canada. There are not many high rise buildings in Chile other than in Santiago (which is not many by North America's & Asia's standard) and that's now a blessing! Although the epicenter of the quake is very close to the capital Santiago, from this interview with Chilean ambassador, it is comforting to hear that Chile is well prepared for such a disaster.  


Still, this is a very large earthquake and structural collapses are expected. As far as report goes for now, death toll has reached 200+ and 2 million or more people are affected. My thoughts are with the Chileans and also knowing that this country is 'filled' with countless volcanoes and the longest shoreline in the world, I'm praying that nothing worse will be on the cards. Worse I mean by another serious aftershock, a volcano eruption, or even a wave that will immobilize many parts of Chile.

When I was down in Puerto Natales, I was staying at a hotel by the shore and the wind then was the strongest I've ever experienced in my life! It's like it took me more than 10 mins to actually moved from the building next door to the hotel and had the hotel door opened! It was the only time I was actually sorry I wasn't heavy enough to stand on the ground and was worried about being blown off into the sea!!! It's eerie!!! It was also a time when I had experience something that's like a typhoon!

The tsunami warnings had been called off for Hawaii but now Japan. I am praying that nothing bad will venture as far as Japan as it's a highly populated countries with lots of high rises. Although Japan is very well prepared, one will never know how a natural disaster will leave its marks!

As for Easter Island which I have yet visited but a very special island in the hearts of my travelers and Chileans alike, I hope it's not in the path of the deadly tsunami although knowing about what I know, it is! If the wave traveled as far as the Big Island in Hawaii, Easter Island is a lot closer! I've not read about any report of Easter Island being affected on CNN but if you did, please leave a link! Thanks!

This is not intended as a review on traveling to Chile. For those interested in seeing Chile and its sights, here's a list of places to visit:
  • Atacama Desert
  • Torres del Paine
  • Patagonia
  • Osorno
  • Sierra Balmaceda
  • Easter Island
Last but not least, God Bless Chile!
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A beautiful country with kind & lovely people. God Bless Chile & Chileans!
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Chile, officially the Republic of Chile (Spanish: About this sound República de Chile Spanish pronunciation: [reˈpuβlika ðe ˈʧile]), is a country in South Americaoccupying a long, narrow coastal strip between the Andes mountains to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west. It borders Peru to the north, Bolivia to the northeast, Argentina to the east, and the Drake Passage in the far south. It is one of two countries in South America (withEcuador) which do not border Brazil. The Pacific coastline of Chile is 6,435 kilometres.[4] Chilean territory includes the Pacific islands of Juan FernándezSalas y GómezDesventuradas and Easter Island. Chile also claims about 1,250,000 square kilometres (480,000 sq mi) ofAntarctica, although all claims are suspended under the Antarctic Treaty.

Chile's unusual, ribbon-like shape—4,300 kilometres (2,700 mi) long and on average 175 kilometres (109 mi) wide—has given it a variedclimate, ranging from the world's driest desert—the Atacama—in the north, through a Mediterranean climate in the centre, to a rainy temperate climate in the south.[5] The northern desert contains great mineral wealth, principally copper. The relatively small central area dominates in terms of population and agricultural resources, and is the ...

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