Temblor anyone?

Did anyone else feel the “tremor” last night? (Is that how you translate temblor?)

I’ve felt them a few times before here in Santiago, and many times I’ve missed ones that are supposedly “big”. On Monday my host sister told me there was a strong one, but I was teaching class and didn’t notice.

Last night though, I kind of got scared. It was strong enough to knock over a couple of my picture frames. It also lasted what I thought was a long time, but in reality was probably no more than 30 seconds.

I know it wasn’t a major one because I searched the main newspapers and there was no news. So probably my mind at 4:05 am was just blowing things out of proportion.

Chile is one of the most seismic countries in the world, because it’s where the Nazca plate meets the Continental plate. That means lots of Volcanoes, like Chaitén, that has had some major eruptions in the past year and buried the entire town of Chiatén in ash, displacing the whole population of the small town (except for a few crazies who refused to leave.) Chile was also home to the strongest earthquake ever to be measured on the Richter scale (9.5) happened in the south of Chile in 1960.

In other words, the little tremor I felt last night was nothing.

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