It’s an 8!

2 Apr
Photo of books fallen over

Earthquake damage

The picture shows the damage from last night’s 8.2 magnitude earthquake in nearby Arica, Chile. My Kleenex box almost fell off the shelf when the Spanish notebooks fell over 😉 Whew! That was a close one.

The kids were home alone and did exactly as they have been drilled, moving to the hallway to avoid breaking glass. Most people go outside, but we think the outside concrete stairs leading up to our 4th floor apartment are less safe than the concrete walls inside the apartment, so we just stay put. Vicki and I were in a taxi stopped in traffic downtown on the way to teach Arequipa English. The taxi was moving side to side pretty good and the fluorescent lights hanging in a shop were swinging back and forth vigorously. There have been several aftershocks, including one right now. We have felt tremors for the last couple weeks so had an idea something might be coming….

You can see a map of recent quakes in our vicinity here: For extra credit, go to the top of the page and put in your hometown and note the difference in the timelines….

3 Responses to “It’s an 8!”

  1. John Crotts April 2, 2014 at 1:12 pm #

    That is amazing David. We were less than two miles from the epicenter of the Northridge quake in 1994, was a 6.9. It is quite a reminder of the sovereign power of our God! Blessings! John

  2. Judy Chandler April 2, 2014 at 2:39 pm #

    Did the kids huddle together? Not exactly the kind of study break they were looking for, I’m sure. Frightening for parents wondering about them, as well. God has been kind to you. Such power! Who can stay the arm of The Lord?

  3. michael CHANDLER April 2, 2014 at 9:59 pm #

    We are glad you are safe and the kids did well.  We did worry a bit. News said it was in NW Chile but near Santiago.  I know how close you are to NW Chile but your are a far piece from Santiago.  So I relaxed at discovering the media ignorance of geography. 

    8.2 is pretty serious shock.  We pray it won’t be coming your way.

    Love,   Dad

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