To my dear mylotter friends

@marguicha (83920)
Chile
March 1, 2010 1:09pm CST
Thank you very much to all of you who know that I am chilean and have been worried about me and mine. All of my nearest people are fine but no horror movie can get near to what hppened and is still happening in my country. The earquake AND tsunami were the 5th biggest ever recorded in the world. To give you an idea, it was 800 times bigger than Haiti´s. We chileans seem to want records in earthquakes: the biggest one ever recorded was here too. It was in 1960 and is called cataclysm instead of only earthquake because the geography of my country was changed forever. I don´t yet know what this one is going to be called. The tsunami changed our coastline and some small cities disappeared from the map. Most of the casualties were due to that as we are ending the summer season and there were many people vacationing at the beachshore. I´m not going to make posts about other things for a while. It seems that I can only think of what is happening here and mourning for my country. But I wanted to thank all my friends who asked for me and mine in private messages. We have not finished counting our dead or searching for more living people. After that, there´s going to be a long period of rebuilding. We have a big task ahead of us. I want to tell you in this post that Im very proud of our government, policemen, firemen, armed forces and so many people that have been working since the moment of the earthquake. In my country firemen are just volunteers: they don´t get paid. But they are highliy trained and have saved many livees. A big hug to eaeryone!
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44 responses
@mysdianait (64068)
• Italy
1 Mar 10
Thank you for letting us know that you are safe. I think no-one can understand how devastated you must be feeling unless they have been through something similar. You have friends here so please don't diasppear. Hugs and my thoughts are with you!
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@zed_k4 (17633)
• Singapore
3 Mar 10
My exact sentiments too..
@catdla1 (6005)
• United States
1 Mar 10
Thank you so much for posting. You, and all of your country are, and will continue to be, in my prayers.
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@EvrWonder (3577)
• Canada
1 Mar 10
Indeed! I'll second that. Good to see your post! Please take care of U and let us know how you are doing as days go by. You all are in our hearts, thoughts and prayers.
@marguicha (83920)
• Chile
1 Mar 10
Thank you so much! It means a lot to have you, friends, thinking of me and mine. Mylot certainly has made the world smaller as we start caring for people all around the world.
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@alilin28 (1530)
• Uruguay
1 Mar 10
i wish that the situation on chile get better, and could start again.. god bless chile.. and my praids with u..
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@alilin28 (1530)
• Uruguay
1 Mar 10
sorry, my prayers with u..
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@marguicha (83920)
• Chile
1 Mar 10
We have gone through this many times. It´s earthquake country. But the loss of each human life makes my heart ache. We have a lot to do ahead of us. We need to rebuild and to lick our wounds. Thanks for your prayers.
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@Jargoness (1193)
• Israel
1 Mar 10
A strong hug to you too. Words can't do magic, but I hope you'll be able to return here soon. My best wishes (and no emoticons, I don't find them appropriate here).
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@marguicha (83920)
• Chile
1 Mar 10
I know exactly what you mean. And I thank you. Take care!
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@coolcoder (2022)
• United States
1 Mar 10
Wait...where was the tsunami? I didn't see any bit of evidence of it, and I watch the news all of the time. No one showed a tsunami destroying the Chilean coastline. I could be wrong, but I'm just going by what I saw on TV. If any country would have been hit by a tsunami, it would have been Hawaii, and nothing happened there.
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@Hatley (163931)
• Garden Grove, California
1 Mar 10
coolcoder are you trying to tell her she didnt know what she was talking about, at a time like this, thats not very cool. think about it.
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@Hatley (163931)
• Garden Grove, California
2 Mar 10
like I said coolcoder stepped way outside the bounds, she brags about being agressive well this was not the place to be aggressive where someone just survived both the giant winds and the 8 point earthquake. Hope she shut up long enough to read your information.
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@marguicha (83920)
• Chile
2 Mar 10
NoirAngelique, I visited twice New Orleans before Katrina. The first time I went with my husband and the second time we also took our daughters because we thought that it was a unique city. I still suffer for New Orleans and its people and (excuse me) don´t understand why the richest country in the world has not done more to rebuild one of your proudest heritages. I have seen on TV what you have been through. I want you to know that there are people all around the world who have not forgotten New Orleans. I doubt that there is a single place on earth without any problem. Some have earthquakes, some have tornados and hurricanes. The climate of some other places is very difficult to bear either because it´s too hot or too cold. But it is our birthplace and we love it. As for those people, they don´t show any superiority: they just show lack of knowledge and incapability of learning. Tahnk you and take care!
@Downwindz (2231)
• Netherlands
1 Mar 10
Most of us are so glad to hear that you and your family are safe and sound in those situations you may wonder if tehre is an watching over you, and it certainly seems so. We shall certainly look forward for your return on MyLot,the best wishes.
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@marguicha (83920)
• Chile
1 Mar 10
I want to think that my hubby is protecting me as he did when he was alive.
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@Downwindz (2231)
• Netherlands
2 Mar 10
Maybe that could also be the case, especially as he did build the house to you he made sure that it would be able to handle anything that would be out of his control. I shall send him a prayer as thanks for we get to keep you around :)
@Hatley (163931)
• Garden Grove, California
1 Mar 10
hi marguiche I m glad all your nearest people are fine as that had to be the most frightening and terrifying time, and I read there were so many fairly hard after shocks there. Its so sad that at the time when your people were at the beach enjoying the weather that tsunami had to hit. We have been so lucky here in Ca where I live, as we have light tremors but nothing major since the North-ridge quake. that was also a bad one too.Its wonderful to hear that your government and the police, firemen, armed forces are all woking as hard as they can.
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@Hatley (163931)
• Garden Grove, California
1 Mar 10
sorry but I left out the most important thing I wanted to say, I am sending all the prayers I can for you and yours and the people of Chile that have been through such monstrous times. I can imagine from what you said its going to take a long time to rebuild and I can only hope that it all goes smoothly for you and yours too. I have felt minor tremors here in Southern Ca so can well imagine at 8 point something how completely frightening that would be. all my love and best wishes. Hatley
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@ANTIQUELADY (36491)
• United States
1 Mar 10
girl, i have got u fooled.
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@marguicha (83920)
• Chile
1 Mar 10
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@ANTIQUELADY (36491)
• United States
1 Mar 10
kNOW THAT U ARE LOVED.
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@marguicha (83920)
• Chile
1 Mar 10
You are SO sweet, Jo!
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@maximax8 (27048)
1 Mar 10
I am delighted to see you back on My Lot, safe and well. Chile has had very powerful earthquake by the sounds of it. To know it was the 5th biggest ever to happen in the world is amazing. I am pleases that your government, police and others are doing so very well. It is wonderful that many lives have been saved by the volunteer firemen. I wish Chile an excellent re-building. I send you a big hug my dear friend.
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@marguicha (83920)
• Chile
1 Mar 10
Hi Maxine, All this will take time and money. In 2 mayor cities where the earthquake was stronger, the hospitals had to be evacuated. The sick are now in a campaign hospital bu, as you know, this is a meausure that is not good for a long time. We´ll see what we will do first. Our government has a 2% of the money (I suppose from taxes and the like) that it can use when something terrible happens. That money will be used now, but I´m sure that it will be just enough to start. Hug!
@Tallygirl09 (1385)
• United States
1 Mar 10
My prayers go out to you and ALL your countrymen and women. Chile is a gorgeous country and also so very special due to the wonderful kind nature of her people. I know that there will be many trying times ahead and please know that we'll be here to support you as we can. One day at a time ...Take care!
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@marguicha (83920)
• Chile
1 Mar 10
Thanks for your prayers. There is much to do. But I do believe that colective prayers help. A big hug.
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@charblaize (1030)
• United States
1 Mar 10
I am glad to hear you and yours is alright, still feel so sorry for those who have not been so lucky. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and yours and everyone in Chile.
@marguicha (83920)
• Chile
1 Mar 10
Thank you very much. I know what you mean. I have been lucky but I´m not content. I mourn for all the ones that were not so lucky.
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@May2k8 (3634)
• Indonesia
1 Mar 10
It was the biggest disaster of this century and had begun to worry about, here I can only pray I wish you have a safe country, wherever you are.
@marguicha (83920)
• Chile
1 Mar 10
It truly is the biggest natural disaster of this century. My country, Chile, is not a safe place to live, as earthquakes go. But then, I don´t think there is any place that is absolutly safe. And if Mother Nature makes a country safe, then mankind does something to make it unsafe. I think we should all pray for everyone. Take care!
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@ElicBxn (60427)
• United States
1 Mar 10
I am glad to year that you and yours are all right. We can see from photos that the quake was a terrible event. I can assure you, that we would love personal updates from our "on the spot" reporter - any other subjects. I was there a few weeks ago with our own minor event here in Austin.
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@sunnycool (12737)
• India
2 Mar 10
There were many who missed you in here marguicha its sad that so many people loose their lives in the natural calamities every year and its really bad to hear that it was the 5th biggest ever quake---hope your place recovers soon and every thing would be normal as usual.My condolences to your country people who lost their lives.
@marguicha (83920)
• Chile
2 Mar 10
It will take a long time to recover from this disaster, sunny. Besides the help that we can take from the capital to the places with most problems, exterior help has started to come in. It is not easy, anyway, to rech the people with the worst problems. To some places you can only go in a helicopter as all the roads have disappeared. Fortunatly, I heard yesterday thay the main highway would be rebuilt in 6 months or so. This sounds like a lot, but it is not if you could see the pictures. Thanks for your interest!
@sunnycool (12737)
• India
2 Mar 10
I have seen in the news about the thefts being taking place in there---it becomes much tougher for your higher officials to serve needy people and handle those looters at the same time---this must have spoiled every others future plans---they just have to wait for things to calm down.
@marguicha (83920)
• Chile
3 Mar 10
It seems these violent events sometimes bring out the animal that is inside men. I compare this to the rapes of women in wars. I do hope the thieves are treated now with no gloved hands. The president designated a military man in charge now and sent a lot more soldiers to take care of things as policemen weren´t enough.
• Boston, Massachusetts
6 Mar 10
hi Marguicha, THat's one of the best results of being here in mylot is having a community of friends to give us support in time like this one. i appreciated so much the one who started the discussion about saying a prayer for you, your family and your country as a whole. i joined the circle of mylot friends who is continuously praying for safety and recovery among those victims of the recent calamity in your country.
@marguicha (83920)
• Chile
6 Mar 10
Im sure thats my friend Jo (Antiquelady). She is a sweet soul.
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• Boston, Massachusetts
7 Mar 10
yes my dear friend. ms. antiquelady started it all. she's a great friend. cheers to here!
@zed_k4 (17633)
• Singapore
3 Mar 10
Big hugs too. I was brought aware by one of our friends' discussions regarding you and I really hope you are fine. It's awesome to hear once more from you in the lot and hoping it will stay that way always. Earthquakes are no joke, and although I've never experienced it (besides light tremors only in my country), I really feel for what Chileans are going through there. Be strong and do take care my friend. Sorry for the rest of the victims and their families. I can only imagine what they are going through right now.
@marguicha (83920)
• Chile
7 Mar 10
We are strong, thanks to God. Thank you! In this right moment a well known chilean television man, Don Francisco, is in charge of a telethon. With hours in advance, we reached the goal. So now we raised it and we will take a look at our purses once again. I just saw in TV a story of heroism. A man, a paramedic, who lost all his family in the tsunami, is working as a volunteer with the survivors. In this hours of pain, I feel very proud of being a chilean.
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@zed_k4 (17633)
• Singapore
8 Mar 10
That's really honorable, truly...what the paramedic did. My heart teared.. and I'm sure you are proud to be a Chilean, for there are very nice people with big hearts there for sure.
@Chevee (5915)
• United States
2 Mar 10
I just logged on and saw one of your post in Anti's discussions. I am very happy to see you are O.K. I am not on your friend's list but heard of you being from Chile from one of Anti's discussion. My prayers are for you and your country. I will be checking back to see your progress with this disaster. I am very glad that you are doing fine. Take care and God Bless You.
@Chevee (5915)
• United States
3 Mar 10
I am looking at your responses and I can tell you have a heart of gold, your mind is mostly on others in your country and ways you can help them. My friend you are blessed to bless others your time will come. I am going to leave this scripture with you. It is from Mark 11:24.. "Therefore I say unto you, what things soever ye desire when you pray, believe that ye receive them and ye shall have them. Again I say God bless you and your family.
@marguicha (83920)
• Chile
3 Mar 10
Thank you Chevee. Whoever is a friend of my Jo is my friend too. I doubt that I have a heart of gold, I just say that I´m an ol´witch with a lot of luck. One does not have to have a heart of gold to be moved by the sorrow that has come over so many of my countrypeople. Nothing happened to me or to mine. We are lucky. And I have been blessed all my life to be surrounded with friends who are truly generous and loving. Let us hope I can do something soon for all those poor people. I don´t think giving money is the thing: at least not for me because I have little to give. But I hope that later I can do some volunteer work because many people will have to go to other places for some time. Take care!
• United States
2 Mar 10
My dear friend, while I am greatly saddened by the loss and devastation that you and your country have suffered, I am very much happy and relieved to hear that you and your family are unharmed. I was very worried about you and your family, and I am thankful that you were able to put our minds at ease during this tragic time. My thoughts and prayers are with you and all those affected by this catastrophe.
@marguicha (83920)
• Chile
3 Mar 10
Thank you so much, dear friend. All the people nearest to my heart are alright. But there´s such a devastation, such a loss, that I don´t know how we are going to start. One of my worries is that summer is ending and in the part of the country where the worst happenned there will be rain soon. A couple of big cities have their hospitals in shambles and are now taking care of the ill in campaign hospitals provided by the military. But, as you must guess, those do not meet all the requirements of a regular hospital. Then there´s lack of water, lack of food and lack of medicines. I saw in the TV an old lady taking water from a swimming pool as it was the only water available. I worry about all the extra illness that that will cause. I hope things get better soon. It seems to me that we haven´t had as many smaller earthquakes as we had in 1960 (the worst earthquake in the world). Let´s pray things get better soon.
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• United States
3 Mar 10
I am keeping you, your family, and all the people in your country in my thoughts and prayers, my dear Marguicha. It really is overwhelming to think about what will happen next and how you will rebuild, but I know that it will happen. I pray that it will happen quickly and with as little hardship as possible.
@adhyz82 (36289)
• Indonesia
2 Mar 10
hello marguicha. nice to hear you are fine. ya, now your focus is make you and your stable in chile and after everyone is fix, maybe you can share whats going in chile.hope no more victim again. cmon people, lets helps chile people :)
@marguicha (83920)
• Chile
2 Mar 10
Thanks adhyz. But I think that even though Haiti´s earthquake was smaller than this one, Haiti needs more help than we do. Our government has to check what is needed and only then we will ask for help if there´s something lacking. Still, many countries have offered help and we are very grateful for that. We have to go one day at a time now. Take care.
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@adhyz82 (36289)
• Indonesia
2 Mar 10
ya, nice to hear too that your governmnt think fast. i do hope many people will be safe.