Friday, June 17, 2005

I feel the earth move under my feets

A strong 7.8 Richter earthquake shacked our city, the neighbor Iquique and several small towns lost in the middle of Desierto de Atacama, it was pretty deep (about 100 km.) so their effect was mild in both cities, however catastrofic in the villages near the epicentre, with 80 to 90 percent houses falled down.

I feel sad about Huara, a small village with clay houses where I used to stop frecuently when I traveled trough the desert between Arica and Iquique, I had developed a sort of romance with this tiny town since time ago, when my truck broked in the middle of nowere and I was oblied to spend a couple of days there while the fixing process was made (nedless to say, towing broken cars is the biggest buz in Huara: in the middle of desert you will barely bargain prices). Those days I discovered the way of life of people living in a tiny, sunny and bored town year after year, I made some friends there and -as I said before- I tried to stop there everytime I can. I cannot remember better siestas in my life other than I slepp in the cementery, near the town, in the most impressing silence.

Well, most of Huara has falled down, nothing to do except to remember how lovely it was. Anyway this quake is not the big one which we are waiting for since 1877, but it serves us to be prepared in a sort of excercise, when el grande comes we will be accustomed.


DCveR said...

The first time I ever heard about the Atacama desert was reading something from Luis Sepulveda. As usual when someone reads one of his books or chronicles I got that feeling I wanted to visit that place. This is probably the second time Atacama desert 'appears' in my horizon, and I am sorry it is for this reason.
Here in Lisbon we are also 'waiting' for a Big One, the last Big One was 1755. Some experts say they were expecting it to be 2004, so either those experts are very wrong, or it may happen anytime now. Such is life.

Tomas Bradanovic said...

There are nice Sepulveda`s books about the boom of nitrate at beginning of 20th century. By 1920 It grown towns, railroads and factories around the nitrate mining which now are ghost towns like Humberstone, Baquedano or Santa Laura, and still lives people who lived and worked there, they call himself "pampinos".
Here every quake serves us as training for the Big One, anyway I hope those expert are wrong same here as in Lisboa!!

Emilio Castro Sepúlveda said...

Hola, hello my friend..
extraño your web log,
Please, writte about my litle towon.
Los Vilos.
You have in here a good friend.

Tomas Bradanovic said...

Hola pues amigo, como están esos lenguados!

La verdad es que dejé este blog porque no me daba para escribirlo con el inglés que manejo, el cual es muy malo.

Igual te invito a que visites

Ese lo actualizo todos los días ¡Saluti y buena pesca!