RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Downed power lines down throughout wide spread regions of Chile made it hard for some metro area residents to reach relatives in the quake zone.
Carolina Delencon, a Glen Allen resident, received the startling news of the quake through a phone message from her brother just as the quake hit.
"It was very sad actually because he said hey, we just had an earthquake I'm calling you right now because you probably are not going to be able to communicate with us later on," said Delencon
Although they were in Santiago, miles from Chile's hardest hit region, Delencon's relatives have been without water and electricity all day, waiting for the government's instructions.
Now living in the Richmond-Metro area, Delencon and her friends remember what it was like in Chile. Instead of the fire drills and tornado drills common to the US, in Chile they go through earthquake drills.
Metro resident Angela Prado had plans to visit Chile in two weeks. Now, she can only hope the airports will be up and running.
"When there's a devastation like this, I would hope that the world can open up their hearts to help the people of whatever country is in need of help," said Prado.
Prado said she is confident Chile will recover from this tragedy quickly, "I think they will do a good job in handling this, making sure that the country gets back on their feet and moves forward."