I was a few days away from finishing up two weeks of wine tasting in Chile and spending a couple of days in Concepcion with family, when my bed starting moving around the room at around 3:30 AM.
I had a difficult time getting out of the bed as it was moving all around. I got up and ran to the hallway in the middle of the apartment and held onto the doorway for what seemed to be ten minutes but was more likely about three minutes, of intense up and down, and then a sideways rolling motion.
I was on the third floor and the shaking felt very strong. With the Haiti quake still fresh on my mind I was pretty sure I was going down with the building.
We got out of the building and waited outside for about two hours, there were people crying and running around. I heard explosions (I presume from electrical facilities.)
Well, I made it.
At the time of writing this, there is no electricity, very spotty cell coverage, no running water and a single FM station that comes in and drops out. We have heard that it was an 8.3 and centered in the Maule region of Chile. About two hours from where I’m at.
Later in the afternoon I took a walk around Concepcion and took some pictures which you can see in this post.
I will be back in Los Angeles next week and will begin posting on the fun part of my trip…the tastings.
Till then, cheers.