Earthquake in Chile

The news that the northern Chile was hit by an earthquake (14th of November 2007) was quite worrisome to me since we as a nation (Armenians) suffered from a devastating quake in 1988 and I could only hope that the damages are not so extensive. But it was quite a relief to learn that things were not that dramatic at all, in fact they made a good recovery.The second reason that I was quite worried was the simple fact that the town of Antofagasta where the quake felt quite strong is near to the one of the most modern astronomical facilities in the world – European Southern Observatory’sVLT(i) facility. This site holds one of the most important instruments build recently – ESO Very Large Telescope Interferometer (VLTI). Continue reading Earthquake in Chile