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The Chilean government was way more ready for an earthquake then Haiti right?

Please read this article. And start preparing for an earthquake. THE GOVERNMENT CANNOT HELP YOU. Will you please listen?


Asked by Anonymous at 11:38 AM on Mar. 11, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Luckily my husband comes from a country where earthquakes happen quite often. He was in one as a kid (he and his older brother were home alone) where the ceiling fell out. He knows what to do in the case of an earthquake. We do live near a fault line (in NC) but the chances of there being an earthquake big enough to harm anything here are pretty slim. I'd be more worried in California.

    Answer by caitxrawks at 12:48 PM on Mar. 11, 2010

  • Money is a huge factor... Chile has one of the higher per capita incomes in Latin America; Haiti has one of the lowest. Areas with money will always be better prepared for natural disasters (particularly ones as predictable as earthquakes in Chile!) and better able to recover afterwards. Chile's building code says that the buildings have to be able to withstand a quake of a magnitude of 8 without collapsing... in Haiti that would be pretty much like saying all the houses have to be made out of diamonds, it's just not been a possibility to have a code like that in a country where so many are struggling just to survive. Chile also has a really efficient after-quake response system that means that supplies and help were arriving within 3 days... compared to the WEEKS it took to start getting aid into Haiti. The infrastructure just isn't there. :-(

    Answer by Collinsky at 5:28 PM on Mar. 11, 2010

  • Earthquakes of that magnitude are devastating... it was HUGE. With the looting and chaos afterwards, a lot of the situation is due to the huge gap between the very poor and teh well-off in Chile. Looters are often just completely desperate. An NPR reporter who is Chilean was saying that for families in the upper middle class, like hers, they would be disrupted but pretty much be able to go on with their lives... for those who were in poverty, it was truly devastating to the whole fabric of their lives.

    I feel for the people in Chile who've had losses of family/friends, who've lost jobs and homes... but I'm not particularly worried about earthquake here. There are other natural disasters that are far more likely.

    Answer by Collinsky at 5:38 PM on Mar. 11, 2010