Sunday, February 28, 2010

Chile Earthquake

In the early hours of Saturday, February 27, 2010, Chile suffered from an 8.8 magnitude earthquake which damaged the structure of many buildings in 5 regions across the country. It set off large waves on nearby islands which claimed the lives of a few dozen people in addition to hundreds in metropolitan and urban areas as a result from the rubble. The numbers are only increasing.

My entire family (with the exception of one of my brothers, cousins and grandmother) lives in Chile. Unable to communicate with anyone, we have been using Facebook as a means to pass information along with other family members to update each other on their current situations. To time, I have received the news from my cousins and aunts that everyone is okay. They have suffered minor damages to personal possessions, but they are all safe.

But I've yet to hear anything from my other brother, and the phone lines are still down. Because Chile has a long history of natural disasters, the government is more prepared in coordinating relief and rescue efforts. I am therefore confident that my brother and his family are okay as well.


I hope that the casualties aren't overwhelming, and that many more survivors are rescued.


  1. Praying for your bro and everyone else in Chile.

  2. I had a friend who was in Haiti at the time of the earthquake there and it was amazing how Facebook and Twitter brought everyone together. People on the scene were doing status updates about what was going on. It's great that we have these ways of getting in touch when everything else is down. I'm praying for you and your family.