The Earthquake In Chile

by Patrick Appel

The Big Picture focuses its lens. Ben Casnocha, who has been living in Santiago for the last few months, gives his account of the earthquake:

In the late afternoon, I walked around my neighborhood a bit more. The sky was a gray haze from a supposed chemical fire that had started downtown. Nevertheless, I was amazed at the tranquility of Santiago. Public buses full of people passed by. Cars drove calmly. People chatting on the streets. I ate dinner at my favorite local restaurant and it was full of people. Much of the rubble and glass I had seen earlier had already been picked up. The scene was such a contrast from the images on TV. I know what I saw was a million times better than what the scene is like more north in Santiago, or especially in ConcepciĆ³n and along the coast. Still it's a reminder that it's hard to generalize about a situation in an entire country, let alone in one city.