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VISTA Update from Chile

March 1, 2010

One of our VISTAs was on vacation during the earthquakes in Chile, and while we were all worried for a while, she’s doing just fine. We received this update from Lisa over the weekend and thought we would share it in case anyone who has worked with her was wondering. She’s currently still stuck in Santiago, but we look forward to her return. Here’s what she wrote:

Hi everyone!

Thankfully, we survived the 8.5 earthquake that hit Santiago. I was actually further away from the capital and up in the Andes mountains for a 2 day excursion (4 hours away from Concepcion where the earthquake hit the hardest). It was 7.5 there but it definitely felt a lot stronger. I’m back in Santiago now, but unable to leave because the international airport is currently closed for the next 72 hours. The bridge to the airport and the tower were severely damaged during the quake. My flight is cancelled and cannot be rebooked until further notice about the status of the airport. I will keep everyone posted on how things are going. We are having continued aftershocks, so I’m not sure if I will continue to have access to the internet (many parts of Chile currently don’t have electricity or running water!) Please let everyone at the office know I’m OK if they ask. I won’t be in on Monday and will keep you all posted!

Lisa

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One Comment leave one →
  1. March 3, 2010 1:43 am

    Prayer, prayer, prayer…

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