Mar 1, 2010

Juan Martin del Potro awakened by Chilean earthquake

Juan Martin del Potro recalled being awakened by the 8.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Chile in the wee hours of Saturday morning.

Such great force was felt in the neighbouring city of
Buenos Aires, Argentina where he is currently recovering from a right wrist injury.
“I was sleeping when at approximately 3:30am I started feeling dizzy and also hearing loud noises. The first thing I thought was that I had left the windows open and the wind was making the noise when it hit against the walls. I live on a high floor of an apartment building so I didn't think this was out of the ordinary."

"The noise was quite loud and it woke me up, so I decided to see what was happening. I was feeling very dizzy and soon realised it wasn't the wind making all the noise. Everything in my apartment was shaking and when I walked into my living room, the curtains and the decorations on the walls were shaking as well. This went on for 5-6 minutes."

"I am very saddened that the second natural disaster has taken place in such a short amount of time in the Americas, affecting so many people. I have traveled to Chile many times in my life and love the people and the country.

"My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Chile today and I pray that as many people as possible will escape this terrible disaster safely.”
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