exactly what Spice said...or didn't say......wow........how did that white shelving unit not fall over? were you in the house when it hit?
the withe shelving unit didn't fall over because the wood-like shelving catch it
thanks good that was that way, cause if not, my pc will be on heaven now.
i was sleeping when heart quake hits (3:40 am aprox). it was the 3 longest minutes of my life, just horryble.
i run to my frontyard door and we wait (it's suposed that's the safest and hardest place on house, it's a building rule, law... don't know). i was alone with my mother, she just scream and cry. all lighst come down, you just can listen the glasses breaking, explosions (electricity generators), and car's alarms and a very deap huuuum from the ground... if you wan't you can see videos on youtube, maybe it's more than 1000 words. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6H6UG8cyXDk&feature=related
you can't stay up, the movement is so hard... 8.8º on richter scale. max ever registered was 9.5 on valdivia, chile (1960), and 10º is equivalent to a 2km meteorite impact at 25 m/s, so you can imagine...
afortunately all building (or almost all) are under a contruction law, since the last earthquake in 1985, so they resist this stuff. but some of them came down anyway, cause this earthquake was one of the hardest ever registered.
when it's over just a second of silence, then dogs barking, the alarms, then eveyone on the street asking if anyone need help or something... no phones, no cellphones working, you can't call anyone to ask if they are ok... just pray. you have to come back to your home with all the glasses and stuffs on the ground, and no lights, no shoes, very dangerous.
it's no over... lots of replicas, earth tremors (5-6º) keep you wakeup, and no lights, or wather for a few days... a reaaaaally bad experience... my first eartquake
there is a lot of people affected, who lost everything, they were hit by the quake and the tsunamy... we try to help them anyway we can. and that's how an earthquake is... hope you never pass through this
life just goes on!!! fuerza chile!!