Chile, 2 letters - 2010

Not sure when the sisters will be able to email. I have been in touch with Jill Christianson and Lisa Tripp there in Santiago, Chile's capital. They are both O.K. I was still online last night when I saw she came online (about 4 a.m. their time, 11pm here). I'll paste the conversation (most of it, with chaff removed) below, with a few bold clarifications that I’ll add. They are about 5 hours north of the epicenter, Concepción pretty close to it.



JILL BEGAN: Hi, are you there?

[2/26/2010 11:01:06 PM] Jonathan Wright: yes

[2/26/2010 11:01:18 PM] Jill Christianson: We have just had an earthquake...

[2/26/2010 11:01:21 PM] Jonathan Wright: oh dear

[2/26/2010 11:01:24 PM] Jonathan Wright: how bad

 [2/26/2010 11:01:41 PM] Jonathan Wright: what home are you in?

[2/26/2010 11:01:42 PM] Jill Christianson: 8.5 centered near Concepción Later upgraded to 8.8

[2/26/2010 11:01:48 PM] Jonathan Wright: WOWW!!!

[2/26/2010 11:01:51 PM] Jonathan Wright: oh no

[2/26/2010 11:01:58 PM] Jonathan Wright: HUGE!!

[2/26/2010 11:02:04 PM] Jill Christianson: We are at Miguel and Paola's. They aren't home. They went down to Pit. For the funeral of Señora Jovita, mother to workers Norman, Ema & Rita Schulz

[2/26/2010 11:02:14 PM] Jill Christianson: I have never felt anything like it.

[2/26/2010 11:02:23 PM] Jonathan Wright: That is HUGE. How long did it last?

[2/26/2010 11:02:30 PM] Jill Christianson: Things are thrown all over here. No cell phone service.

 [2/26/2010 11:02:36 PM] Jill Christianson: A long time!

[2/26/2010 11:02:48 PM] Jonathan Wright: Whew!!!! Feel for you all!

[2/26/2010 11:03:03 PM] Jonathan Wright: But did you two get banged up at all?

[2/26/2010 11:03:34 PM] Jill Christianson: It just kept getting worse! I tried calling Armandito but there is no cell phone service. I was going to call my brother. He will see it on his computer. Could you call him?

[2/26/2010 11:03:42 PM] Jonathan Wright: My heart is pounding

[2/26/2010 11:03:46 PM] Jonathan Wright: I will call him!!

[2/26/2010 11:03:51 PM] Jill Christianson: No we aren't hurt at all. So's mine!

[2/26/2010 11:03:57 PM] Jonathan Wright: good!

[2/26/2010 11:04:19 PM] Jill Christianson: Lisa just went to lie down. She's pretty shaken up.

[2/26/2010 11:04:25 PM] Jonathan Wright: His (her brother Larry’s) cell goes right to voice mail

[2/26/2010 11:04:28 PM] Jonathan Wright: They're here in Bend

[2/26/2010 11:04:50 PM] Jonathan Wright: Oh my, just thinking of all near Conce.....

[2/26/2010 11:04:59 PM] Jill Christianson: Anyway, wonder how the folks are in Conce.

[2/26/2010 11:05:07 PM] Jonathan Wright: I'll leave him Larry a voice msg, so he'll know you're all right

[2/26/2010 11:05:16 PM] Jill Christianson: Could you call Conce?

[2/26/2010 11:05:26 PM] Jonathan Wright: ok

[2/26/2010 11:05:26 PM] Jill Christianson: But likely no phone service

[2/26/2010 11:05:34 PM] Jonathan Wright: we'll see

[2/26/2010 11:06:45 PM] Jill Christianson: There's no electricity so I am holding my flashlight in my mouth. Can't find my headlamp!

[2/26/2010 11:06:51 PM] Jonathan Wright: Just left him Larry a message that and Lisa are fine, about the magnitude of the quake

[2/26/2010 11:07:04 PM] Jill Christianson: We just had a little aftershock.

[2/26/2010 11:07:12 PM] Jonathan Wright: Oh no.

[2/26/2010 11:07:27 PM] Jill Christianson: Anyway, since I saw you were online I thought I would let someone know.

[2/26/2010 11:07:45 PM] Jill Christianson: Sure would like to know how the other friends are.

[2/26/2010 11:08:11 PM] Jill Christianson: At the entrance downstairs here, everything came down off the shelves so there's broken glass everywhere.

 [2/26/2010 11:08:33 PM] Jonathan Wright: We'll find a way to call them when we can

[2/26/2010 11:08:36 PM] Jill Christianson: Don't know where to start to clean up but maybe that will be in the morning.

[2/26/2010 11:08:38 PM] Jonathan Wright: I'm going to check headlines.

[2/26/2010 11:08:56 PM] Jill Christianson: Anyway, we're fine.

[2/26/2010 11:09:05 PM] Jill Christianson: So, I'll check out for now.

[2/26/2010 11:09:29 PM] Jill Christianson: Better go check on Lisa, but I'll keep my computer on.

[2/26/2010 11:09:37 PM] Jonathan Wright: OK

[2/26/2010 11:16:45 PM] Jonathan Wright: the earthquake site says 8.3, but nothing in the online papers yet, that I've seen

[2/26/2010 11:17:05 PM] Jonathan Wright: But if you felt it so strongly where YOU are, imagine poor Conce and around there

[2/26/2010 11:17:27 PM] Jonathan Wright: And all gathered in Pitruf...

 [2/26/2010 11:17:57 PM] Jonathan Wright: Can't begin to absorb it. Thinking of HAITI!!

[2/26/2010 11:18:26 PM] Jill Christianson: Yes, we have no idea how things are in Conce! and Haiti was a mere 7

[2/26/2010 11:19:15 PM] Jonathan Wright: Japan had a 6.9 yesterday (their Saturday) but apparently not much if any damage

[2/26/2010 11:19:24 PM] Jonathan Wright: Yes, a mere 7

[2/26/2010 11:20:29 PM] Jonathan Wright: OK, Google news has it now. They are saying 8.5

[2/26/2010 11:20:34 PM] Jill Christianson: Sirens are going all over.

[2/26/2010 11:21:49 PM] Jonathan Wright: Says that it lasted from 10 to 30 seconds

[2/26/2010 11:21:51 PM] Jonathan Wright: LONG TIME

[2/26/2010 11:22:21 PM] Jonathan Wright: Very short article, 'course, it just happened

[2/26/2010 11:23:19 PM] Jonathan Wright: Initially reported at 8.3, upgraded to 8.5

[2/26/2010 11:23:49 PM] Jill Christianson: It sure seemed at least 30 seconds here!

[2/26/2010 11:24:00 PM] Jill Christianson: I just talked to Conny Armandito’s family, in Santiago and they are fine.

[2/26/2010 11:24:06 PM] Jill Christianson: I may try calling Pitrifuquén where they are gathered for the funeral today, some hours south of Concepción, but they would have felt the quake there too

[2/26/2010 11:24:10 PM] Jonathan Wright: OK Good

[2/26/2010 11:24:22 PM] Jonathan Wright: Just a 100 km from poor old Chillán

[2/26/2010 11:24:40 PM] Jonathan Wright: The closest "city" to the epicenter

[2/26/2010 11:24:59 PM] Jonathan Wright: Talca not much better, only 65 km away

[2/26/2010 11:25:16 PM] Jill Christianson: That call would't go through.

[2/26/2010 11:25:20 PM] Jonathan Wright: I wonder if Aedos are in the house they bought or still in the other one?

[2/26/2010 11:25:49 PM] Jonathan Wright: The house they were moving into I would say would not be as strong structurally as the one they were moving out of

[2/26/2010 11:25:57 PM] Jill Christianson: Aedo's would be in Pit

[2/26/2010 11:26:01 PM] Jonathan Wright: Yes

[2/26/2010 11:26:24 PM] Jill Christianson: Yes, they are living in the new house now. That is where Sra. Jovita passed away

[2/26/2010 11:26:30 PM] Jonathan Wright: I see

[2/26/2010 11:26:34 PM] Jonathan Wright: I wondered

[2/26/2010 11:27:01 PM] Jonathan Wright: Could be the phone lines are totally clogged with calls too..

[2/26/2010 11:27:18 PM] Jill Christianson: Yes, I think that is probably the problem

[2/26/2010 11:28:42 PM] Jill Christianson: We aren't sure but we think Marta Ramirez was going to travel to Conce last night. Her parents and sisters, one deaf, live there, have Sun a.m. meeting. A somewhat flimsy second story on that wonderful home!

[2/26/2010 11:28:54 PM] Jonathan Wright: Oh..

 [2/26/2010 11:31:29 PM] Jonathan Wright: L.A. Times is now running an article (sm)

[2/26/2010 11:32:16 PM] Jill Christianson: Is it the same article?

[2/26/2010 11:32:51 PM] Jonathan Wright: [This is a broken link.],0,7051541.story 

[2/26/2010 11:32:54 PM] Jonathan Wright: Different

[2/26/2010 11:32:57 PM] Jill Christianson: CNN just reported it on breaking news

[2/26/2010 11:33:02 PM] Jonathan Wright: Says there's a tsunami warning out on it too

[2/26/2010 11:33:43 PM] Jonathan Wright: Oh my, the tsunami could be worse than the shaker! And it says "could be within minutes." HOPE NOT

[2/26/2010 11:35:37 PM] Jill Christianson: So, now we don't know what to do. Can't go back to bed, can't start cleaning up.

[2/26/2010 11:36:00 PM] Jonathan Wright: Maybe just pray, like I am here..

[2/26/2010 11:36:11 PM] Jonathan Wright: "Just" is a bad word for there!!

[2/26/2010 11:36:58 PM] Jill Christianson: Lisa says, she already prayed!

[2/26/2010 11:37:13 PM] Jonathan Wright: I'm sure!!

[2/26/2010 11:38:17 PM] Jill Christianson: My computer battery is getting low so I guess I will shut down. We'll just stay put here. They say it is often safer inside.

[2/26/2010 11:39:16 PM] Jill Christianson: What I did remember as the shaking got worse was the "Triangle of Life" article I read. Says to lie down on the floor next to a bed or table...something solid. If something falls on top you are protected by the triangle that is formed.

[2/26/2010 11:39:37 PM] Jill Christianson: The man who wrote the article said he has found more survivors in that postition.

[2/26/2010 11:39:43 PM] Jill Christianson: So, will close for now.

[2/26/2010 11:40:03 PM] Jonathan Wright: OK

[2/26/2010 11:40:27 PM] Jonathan Wright: We're with you all!!

[2/26/2010 11:40:55 PM] Jonathan Wright: Watch for aftershocks!!!

[2/26/2010 11:41:05 PM] Jonathan Wright: Watch out, I mean.


Then a bit later

[12:22:47 AM] Jonathan Wright: I see it's been upgraded to 8.8

[12:23:00 AM] Jonathan Wright: Devastating

[12:23:23 AM] Jill Christianson: Yes, we have felt a few aftershocks but just gentle.

[12:23:46 AM] Jill Christianson: They are telling people to get out of the house, and sit in the vehicles, but somehow I feel safer inside.

[12:23:48 AM] Jonathan Wright: Oh good.

[12:25:16 AM] Jill Christianson: But a house collapsed in Chillan I think it was. And seems one person has died. They are talking about some bridges collapsed or damaged here in Stgo.

[12:25:48 AM] Jill Christianson: Where did you read that it has been upgraded to 8.8?

[12:26:07 AM] Jonathan Wright: On the USGS site

[12:26:53 AM] Jill Christianson: They are saying that on the Mercali scale, or, oops, a little gentle shaking gong on right is getting stronger.

[12:27:03 AM] Jonathan Wright: Careful!

[12:27:42 AM] Jill Christianson: Bad damage in the airport. One wing damaged, an elevator fell.

[12:27:59 AM] Jill Christianson: It will be out of commission for at least a week

[12:28:14 AM] Jill Christianson: No tsunami so far and they don't think there will be.

[12:28:47 AM] Jill Christianson: They are saying 9.0 on the Mercalli scale in Conce.

[12:28:58 AM] Jonathan Wright: I C

[12:29:53 AM] Jill Christianson: We're listening to 91.80 FM.

[12:30:01 AM] Jonathan Wright: Ah ya.

[12:35:45 AM] Jill Christianson: Jon..hi, this is Lisa...could you just send a line to my dad by email and say we are ok... thanks for doing that, my computer battery is low and Jill is hooked up here....we are still in i know why people die of a heart attack in earthquakes....

[12:35:58 AM] Jonathan Wright: OK. Shall do, sister!

[12:36:07 AM] Jonathan Wright: Yes, what a fright?!!

[12:36:07 AM] Jill Christianson: Thanks a lot.

[12:36:12 AM] Jonathan Wright: You're welcome.

[12:36:18 AM] Jill Christianson: Real bad.

[12:38:26 AM] Jill Christianson: OK, I'll shut down again.

[12:38:54 AM] Jonathan Wright: OK. Message is sent.

[12:39:01 AM] Jill Christianson: No need to call my brother, I guess, until the morning when he will hear about the earthquake.

[12:39:06 AM] Jonathan Wright: Do you have electricity again?

[12:39:11 AM] Jill Christianson: No.

[12:39:27 AM] Jonathan Wright: I also sent him an email.

[12:39:33 AM] Jonathan Wright: Larry.

[12:39:36 AM] Jill Christianson: We're listening to the radio.

[12:39:49 AM] Jill Christianson: OK, so, we await the morning!

[12:39:50 AM] Jonathan Wright: What else do they say, anything?

[12:41:03 AM] Jill Christianson: There are lots of cars on the streets and they are blocking the moving of the emergency vehicles. A chemical building north of here is burning.

[12:41:05 AM] Jill Christianson: All for now.

[12:41:12 AM] Jonathan Wright: OK. Keep triangular!

[12:41:19 AM] Jill Christianson: OK.


Later again:

[6:28:00 AM] Jill Christianson: Hi, well we're still here. Think we will start to do a little cleanup now that are nerves are a little less shattered :)

[6:28:23 AM] Jill Christianson: We [had] a fairly significant aftershock that sent me into the triangle.

[6:28:42 AM] Jill Christianson: Have you been able to be in touch with my brother yet?

[6:28:51 AM] Jill Christianson: I don't have anything yet from him on email.

[6:28:57 AM] Jonathan Wright: Hi. No. I'll call him. OK.

[6:29:19 AM] Jill Christianson: We don't have electricity yet and very little water pressure. No cell phone service so don't know anything about our friends in Conce

 [6:29:43 AM] Jonathan Wright: I just got an anguish-filled email from Casandra in San Felipe a professing university student north of Stgo

[6:29:53 AM] Jonathan Wright: Worried about her dad's family (all in Conce area).

[6:30:05 AM] Jonathan Wright: ...and of course worried about the friends there.

[6:30:20 AM] Jonathan Wright: Said she has tried to call Juan Ferradas, etc. and nothing goes thru.

[6:32:01 AM] Jonathan Wright: Anyway, battery conservation for your computer... I'll email or skype you when I know more.

[6:32:33 AM] Jill Christianson: OK , yes I'm down to 53 minutes.

[6:32:41 AM] Jill Christianson: Hasta luego.

[6:32:46 AM] Jonathan Wright: Chao.

 We await more word. Feel free to share with others.



Another letter:

12:40 PM, Saturday, February 27, 2010, Central Oregon, USA

Thanks for asking about our friends in Chile. I've been in touch with the sisters workers who are in the capital city of Santiago, Jill Christianson & Lisa Tripp, who were shook up but are fine. It was felt VERY STRONG there, even though they are 5 hours north of the epicenter.

Miguel & Paola, a young couple traveling south from Santiago on a night bus to be at a funeral in Pitrufquon this a.m. (about an 8 hr trip), only made it as far as the city of Linares, something like half way, because of the quake. The roads are damaged, so they are detained there. Because of conditions, it would be difficult for them to get back home to Santiago!

Also, the sister workers, Gail McMurray and Rosa Tantalei¡n, wrote that one of the friends in their field, two fields north of Santiago, Chile, Herni¡n Fica there in Ovalle, was able to talk to his folks down in Pitrufquen, and they are fine. That's about 5 or 6 hours south of the epicenter, though they would most definitely have felt the quake somewhat, at around 6.0 at that distance, according to the USGS site. So that “fine†would supposedly include the friends in that area, plus the MANY friends and workers who would have been there for the funeral this morning. The funeral was for Jovita Mardonesâ. She was 95, I believe, and mother to workers Norman, Ema and Rita Schulz.

I also heard today that a young professing man, Benjamin Flippo, from SE Washington State, is in Santiago, Chile at this time. I'm not sure what home he's in, or where he's staying at the moment. Washington has heard from him that he is fine.

But we have heard nothing so far from the friends or workers in the hardest hit areas, Talca, Concepcion, Constitucion (no friends in this last place, but we do have a few contacts and not-yet-returned prodigals there). No cell phones or landlines respond. At least some of the friends in Talca and Concepcion would have been at Sra. Jovita's funeral in Pitrufquon. The town of Cauquenes which is a bit inland and north a ways from Concepcion, was where the workers had a bach for a long time, but not in these later years. The epicenter was just off the coast from there. We can only imagine what Cauquenes is looking like.

Larry Christianson, Jill's brother, told me this a.m. on the phone that he understood that this quake had 800 times the strength of the Haiti quake. Very hard to fathom even a portion of that power. And that's not to downplay the Haiti suffering and losses. either. In Chile there are resources for construction on many levels to be much sturdier, but there are many old and many poorly built structures also. One 15 story building was reduced to the height of four stories, said one piece of news from Concepcion. I don't know which building that is/was.

Another news source on line says that there was an 8 meter (26 feet) tsunami that came ashore at Constitucion, north of Cauquenes and on the coast straight west of Talca. Our contacts in Constitucion live in the heights of that town, so the water didn't likely reach up there, but all the same!

Our feelings toward our friends and fellow-workers, as well as the rest of Chile, as toward Haiti, are much stronger than any earthquake that has shaken them, not to mention our Father's feelings toward them, and His power to help. We're standing by and trusting, hoping for opportunities to do what we can for them, even from here in the States.