A major tremor shook Chile
in the early morning hours of Tuesday April 17. According to the United States Geological Service (USGS) the earthquake
occurred at 00:50 AM, had an intensity of 6.7 in the Richter scale, and the epicenter was in front of the coast of Valparaíso
, at a depth of 37 km. The National Emergency Office (ONEMI) declared a preventive warning of Tsunami and asked people living in the lower levels along the coast to evacuate to higher grounds. More than 13.000 people left their homes and spent the rest of the night in the coastal hills.
At the time of the tremor, several Chilean TV stations were in the middle of the late-night newscast. Christián Pino, anchorman for Chile's National TV (TVN) was one of them. As shown in the video, the set shook and sound was temporarily disrupted, however, Pino, although noticeably worried about the duration of the shaking, kept composed and carried on with the news after attempting to reassure the audience that nothing major had happened.
"While the building is not falling down, you have to be there,"
said Christian Pino in an interview with La Nación
"If one does not transmit calm to the viewer, if I seem nervous or I fail in my effort to stay calm at a time like this, is a bad sign, because the first thing people do in an emergency is to turn on the TV."
In fact, for him to stay in front of the camera is a duty. Nonetheless, for Pino there is always a complex issue: "The hardest thing is to think that, while I am working, my wife is alone at home; one starts thinking, 'How is my family at home?'