As many of you know, I was a Missionary in Chile for 18 months. I lived in and around Santiago (the capital). So you can imagin how my heart jumped into my throat when I heard about the disasterous 8.8 magnatude earthquake which hit Concepcion early this morning. And, there were many many many secondary quakes. The last count that I heard was 70! I've got some very dear friends down there, people who are as dear to me as family, and I'm terribly worried about them. Fortunately, they're mostly in Santiago, not Concepcion, which was the worst hit. But, that doesn't mean they're out of danger!
Here's a link to the MSNBC's photo slides of the state of Chile today, and the Hawaian preparations for the Tsunami. Seeing these photos was almost harder for me than imagining, because they just say 'Central Santiago' and 'Outskirts of Santiago'. Things like that. I'm despearate to know what parts of the city it is!
So, if you're reading this, please spare a thought and prayer for the Chilean people, and all those in the path of the Tsunami.