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C1 calls:

Have you talked to C2?

Earlier today, why?

About the earthquake?

What? Where?

Earlier on the news I’d heard “earthquake” and “opposite side of the Pacific,” but last time I checked even this geographically challenged person noticed that the US and Chile are on the same side of the Pacific, so I hadn’t listened past “opposite,” figuring I’d get details later.

In Chile.



Are you kidding?

Why, how far is she from Santiago?

About 70 miles, but she’s there right now!

I hear someone in the background, obviously operating a keyboard.

Oops, never mind. About 1100 miles north of Santiago.

C2 was in Santiago because she was flying out of there this morning for the Atacama Desert, but I hadn’t yet figured out where that was in relation to Santiago, so didn’t know if it was near the earthquake. I got as far as the fact that the epicenter and where C2 was going were both north, but she wasn’t there yet so I called it a night because none of the town names meant anything to me and required further research, and there were no reports of injuries or major damage. Google News couldn’t be bothered to scrape headlines on the earthquake in Chile, so how bad could it be?

Today she called me to let me know they’d arrived safely, it was beautiful (80°, one of the chief requirements to qualify as “beautiful”), they’re excited, and thinking about sandboarding.

What have you heard about the earthquake?

Earthquake? Where?

Let’s see, it says, um, west of Iquique.

Really? That’s where we are. Was it near Calama?

Yes, that’s where it was.

Yeah, that’s pretty much where we are. Nope, haven’t heard anything.

Thanks to the BBC, I now know something that I didn’t know before she left for Chile:

Chile lies in one of the most seismically active areas of the world.


In 1960, it suffered the world’s largest recorded earthquake which resulted in thousands of deaths.

 She left a home where The Big One is nigh, so nothing much has changed.