Chilean Earthquake Impact

February 27th, 2010 at 9:37 am (AST) by Jake Richter

We’ve received some e-mails from our readers asking whether we are impacted at all by the massive earthquake (8.8 on the Richter Scale – no relation) that hit Chile early this morning and caused loss of life and lots of damage in Santiago, Valparaiso, and other places we recently visited. The earthquake also generated a sizable tsunami – large enough to cause tsunami warnings from Antarctica to Australia.

We’re able to report that we are east of the Falklands at the present, which also puts us east of Argentina and the other side of South America from Chile, so the earthquake and tsunami are not affecting our ship in any way.

Whether the earthquake and tsunami will impact our travels at the end of next week remains to be seen, however, as we were to return to Santiago next Thursday, and then go on to Easter Island on Friday (and Easter Island is due west of the Chilean coast).

More importantly, our hearts and hopes are with those in Chile affected by this horrible natural disaster. We especially hope that all the new friends and acquaintances we made in Chile a couple of weeks ago are okay.

 

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4 Responses to “Chilean Earthquake Impact”

  1. martyn day Says:

    Have you anything to do with the Richter scale?

  2. Jake´s dad Says:

    Hi kids,
    we are watching news and know that beween you and Tsunami is the South American continent, however, how the trip to Easter Islands and stopover in Santiago? Have a nice and svae trip. We enjoy your reports and photos and hooray for Yana´s contributions!

  3. Jake Richter Says:

    No idea yet what will happen at the end of the week. The folks at Lindblad Expeditions are keeping tabs on the situation and we’ll find out in due time. I read this morning that flights in and out of Easter Island are suspended for five days, and I believe the Santiago airport is not yet fully operational. Worst case we head up to Buenos Aires instead and spend some time in Argentina. Once we know what’s happening, we’ll post it on our site.

  4. Jake Richter Says:

    Nope. No relation at all that we know of (although I do own the domains richterscale.com and richterscale.org 🙂 ).