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    Posted February 27, 2010 by
    Santiago, Chile
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    Earthquakes in Chile

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    Earthquake in Santiago


    I was asleep in my apartment on the 21 floor when the shaking started. I looked out the window and thought it was a normal and frequent tremor until I saw a cloud of smoke in the distance. I grabbed my phone and called my mom who lives in Indiana, and the shaking got much more violent. I told her that there was an earthquake and I thoguht the smoke (actually dust fromthe movement) was from buildings collapsing. I got to a doorway and the shaking got more violent - my TV in my bedroom crashed to the floor and doors started slamming shut. I remember thinking ''I thought earthquakes last only a few seconds'. Then my cell phone connection was dropped and lights went out. At that point I heard more crashing from dishes, another TV, doors, and furniture scooting across the hardwood floors. Finally the shaking stopped and I heard screams from people, sirens, etc. After about five minutes, the police came driving down the street with a loud speaker telling people to stay out of the streets. It really was chaos.


    I am without electricity and water, so I came to a friends house, On the way, I snapped a few photos of some damage between my neighborhood and his. Luckily there isnt much 'severe' damage in my neighborhood. Basically the newer buildings seem fine but the older concrete and stone buildings' facades have crumbled, many storefronts have broken display windows, etc.

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