Just weeks after the devastating Haiti earthquake, Chile has now been hit by an even larger quake. A tsunami warning has been sent out for Chile, Columbia, Peru, the Antarctic, Costa Rica, Panama and Japan. CNN is reporting that a 9 feet (3 meter) wave has been recorded. The epicenter of the earthquake was 117 kilometers from the city of Concepción, Chile’s second largest city with a population of about 200,000. I have not yet seen any news reports about the current situation is Concepción, which is probably a bad sign. From Santiago, 320 kilometers North of Concepción, reports are coming in about shattered windows and massive blackouts, but no structural damage.
To whom it might concern; Anniken and Pernille are currently in Panama, they were supposed to go back to Costa Rica yesterday, but were delayed because of bad weather. They are in the area of Bocas del Toro, in the North-West coastal part of the country - about as far away as you can be from Chile and still be in Panama. Internet connections are sketchy at best in the area, and they can’t receive incoming text messages. They can, however, send text messages.