Parts of central Chile have been declared by the country's president to be in a "state of catastrophe" tonight. We're still watching the incredible images of destruction coming out of Chile tonight on the video feeds from CBS and CNN. Some of the buildings are split in two, others collapsed, the roadways have giant holes and fires are burning.
With the quake in Haiti and now the Chilean earthquake it makes one think about the New Madrid fault. The experts have said that the New Madrid fault will shift. It's not a question of "if" but "when." We've had two major quakes in the western hemisphere in the past month and a half. Coincidence? Hopefully.
We talked with Carlos Miranda today. He's with the "Chilean Community of St. Louis." He said that a sister-in-law and a cousin in Chile already contacted him to tell him the family members were safe.
If you have family and friends in Chile and want to check on the State Department says the U.S. Embassy in Chile is working on finding U.S. citizens. You can contact the Bureau of Consular Affairs at 1-888-407-4747