Earthquake madness

We were awoken last night by the 8.8 earthquake that hit chile. We ran to our children’s rooms after we realized it was not the usual 10 sec shaker which is so common here given the subduction zone of the pacific and continental plate here which among other things produces the Andean mountain range with dozens of sub 20,000 ft peeks. We huddled under the doorways with a kid each in hand. Thankfully our house survived structually, although we could hear shattering glass throughout the house. It seemed to go on forever, reports say 90 secs but if you told me it was 5 minutes I would believe you.

Afterwards we gathered outside in the yard with Tata Emilio who is with us. We managed to get back to sleep eventually and rode out the aftershocks which were impressive unto themselves and super frequent, just had a biggish one again a good 9 hours later.

Our house suffered some damage including lots of blown out shelves, smashed tv, some shattered windows, 18 inches of the pool water level tossed out, etc etc but nothing important, we are thrilled to be safe and to learn that all of our immediate family is as well. However we got news of an immediate horrifying tragedy in our extended family involving loss of life of young children, a visceral reminder of the seriousness of the situation and i’m sure of similar news that will be affecting many folks here and where tsunami lands.

Thankyou to all ofour friends and family that have written with concern and well wishes, we will update more when can, for now we have no phoneor electric or water and cell phone battery is almost dead. Prayers to all those affected. Much love, forest and Cristina and the boys.

5 thoughts on “Earthquake madness

  1. We were so glad to hear that you are all OK! Now we are watching all the news about the tsunami that may hit Hawaii. Grandma sends you her prayers- Happy Birthday! – We Love You
    Marie and Grandma

  2. Hi Guys,

    Great to hear you survived without injury. Looks pretty serious from the TV reports. Very sorry to read that someone you know lost a loved one.

    Thinking of you all.

  3. Forest et al,

    I checked your blog to see how you folks were since I don’t seem to have an email address for you. Glad to hear you are all OK. Sounded beyond scary.

    Neil

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