Almost a year has passed since the Mega earthquake that shook central and southern Chile during the early morning hours of the 27th of February 2010.
It was 8.8 (on the Richter scale) at its epicentre near Concepción making it the 5th strongest earthquake in recorded history. In Santiago, where we were when it happened, it was “only” around 8.3.
The last post I wrote on our old blog was about the experience of myself and my family during that catastrophic event. The post was an honest, very open expression of our feelings and fears from that horrible night (not much fun being on the 22nd floor for a quake that big). … and that was the last we wrote on that blog.
BUT, I am only one of the many foreigners that happened to be in the country at the time and only recently I starting looking for and reading (or re-reading) the experiences of others that were here that night.
Below are some of the articles that I have found…
Expat Experiences of the 8.8 Earthquake
Rob Woodward: My Earthquake Experience
Was in apartment on the 22nd floor when it happened.
Margaret Snook: Chile’s Earthquake – the 8.8 experience
Margaret was in Concón at the time
Liz Caskey: Earthquake in Chile
Check her podcast on right for NZ radio station
Abby: – Earthquake 8.8 on the Richter Scale Hits Chile
Written about an hour and a half after the quake (offline of course) due to lack of sleep (who could?).
Matt Ridgeway: Earthquake in Santa Cruz, Chile
Includes photos of the damage to Santa Cruz where he is based
André: Earthquake in Santiago
André included a video of the damage inside his apartment
Emily: The Earthquake in Chile
Interesting part hubby talking to his parents in Iloca when the wave came in. Only then realised the real impact of the quake.
Leigh: The Earthquake
Loved her emergency evacuation kit
Kyle Hepp: Massive Earthquake Hits Chile
Yes, it’s the big one! Those survival guides come in handy after all!
Lydia: My first Earthquake
Her first earthquake happened to be a big one. She was in Valparaiso at the time.
Andrea: Ack! Earthquake in Chile! … and I live here.
Living in the SF Bay area didn’t prepare her for this one.
Suzanne Soto: The Ground is still shaking
A Canadian on sabbatical in Chile at the time.
Tyffanie: My tale of the earthquake in Chile on February 27
Had just arrived in Viña when it happened.
Shannon: All shook up
Details of the moments before, during and after.
Amardeep: – 27th Feb 2010
At a disco (night club) when it struck (in Concepción)
My Nutshell: Earthquake!
Descriptive account of that night
Leslie: Natural Disaster
The experience with kids
Laura: Chile Earthquake 2010
Experienced it in the countryside.
Paige Brown: Earthquake Update
Was on a intercity bus at the time, 50 miles from the epicenter.
How do I feel now a year later?
It seems like a distant memory. The worry and panic during the aftershocks the weeks (and months) after have now subsided. The fear of walking into our apartment at night has also gone.
Whenever we feel a tremor (or quake) now, it’s like… oh the building is moving again, pass the salt please. We’ll only worry if it gets really strong. (See my cartoon about how Chileans react during earthquakes)
A couple of months ago there was a strong quake of about 7.0 and it was interesting how most Chileans only called it a “tremor”, not a quake. Most of us now feel the same way.
Also, whenever I read about a quake in another part of the world I think, “That was only a 6 point something and it appeared in the news? That’s nothing!”
On the bright side
Hopefully one of the positive things is that we won’t (that is, I hope we don’t) have another big earthquake in Chile for another 25 years. The last major ones were 1960 (9.5 – the world’s strongest recorded quake), 1985 (8.0) then 2010 (8.8) which means I’m going on a one-year holiday in 2035 as far away as possible from Chile.
Other blog posts
If you have written an article about your experience of the 2010 earthquake and it doesn’t appear here, let us know so we can link to it.
One year later, how do YOU feel?