Saturday, February 27, 2010

Earthquake in Chile

Almost 25 years ago to the day, I was sitting in the dining hall of a conference center in a small town on the central coast of Chile when the ground shook. And shook. And shook. It was 1985, and I was a young teenage missionary kid at the time. That earthquake occurred on March 3, and today, February 27, the ground shook again in Chile. And shook. And shook. My two younger sisters and their families are back in Chile as missionaries and thankfully, are safe. My youngest sister lives in northern Chile and didn't feel the quake. But my middle sister lives in Santiago, the capital, where the quake was felt at around a 7.7 (Richter) magnitude. That's slightly less than the 8.3 we had in 1985, but not by much. Please pray for my nephew, Matias, as he seems to be the most affected by this quake. School was to start again after summer vacation on Monday. That won't be happening as the classroom bookshelves and such came tumbling down...not to mention that the country is in a state of emergency for at least three days per the Chilean president. Please pray for the southern part of Chile, the most greatly affected by the quake. We know missionaries and families of friends who live in the affected area and have not yet been heard from. Thanks for keeping this beautiful country and her beautiful people in your prayers. Part of my heart is in Chile...and I'm saddened by her loss tonight.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hey Honey, you are older than you think! It was 25 years ago when we had that earthquake. Dad said your math was off.
Love ya, Mom

Terri Fisher said...

Yes, my math was off...it was 25 years ago, and I am getting old!

LizzieJane said...

It is so dreadful what has happened in Chile Terri. Living here in the Pacific Northwest I am all to aware that the ground can start rumbling and moving at times. I cannot imagine, and I hope I never have to go through an earthquake that devastating. Keeping everyone in my prayers.
x

Bethany Hissong said...

I was worried about your sisters and am glad that they are all okay. Elsita just sent an email that her sister and their family lost their home (Elsa Mora blog) and she is asking for help. I hope there are no more tragedies while the world seems to be picking up it's pieces.

Anonymous said...

I was wondering how your sisters were doing. I am glad to hear they're OK. I have a memory of Mr. Smith giving my family a tour of the then under construction high school building. He pointed out how they'd built it to withstand quakes. I assume it is still standing! God bless! Jan