More news from Chile in the immediate aftermath of this morning’s magnitude 8.8 quake

This from AP:

Candia was visiting his wife’s 92-year-old grandmother in Talca when the quake struck.

“Everything was falling — chests of drawers, everything,” he said. “I was sleeping with my 8-year-old son Diego and I managed to cover his head with a pillow. It was like major turbulence on an airplane.”

In Concepcion, 70 miles (115 kilometers) from the epicenter, nurses and residents pushed the injured through the streets on stretchers. Others walked around in a daze wrapped in blankets, some carrying infants in their arms.

A 15-story building collapsed: “I was on the 8th floor and all of a sudden I was down here,” said Fernando Abarzua, who lived in the building but somehow escaped with no major injuries.

Abarzua said a relative was still trapped in the rubble six hours after the quake hit, “but he keeps shouting, saying he’s OK.”

Concepcion, Chile’s second-largest city, is 60 miles (95 kilometers) from the ski town of Chillan, a gateway to Andean ski resorts that was destroyed in a 1939 earthquake.

This is what Concepcion looks like in normal times (this is a choral symphony being held at its university):

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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