Local family gets good news from quake-ravaged Chile
A Nevada City family was greatly relieved Monday to finally hear from a dear friend who lives near the epicenter of Saturday’s 8.8-magnitude earthquake that devastated a region of Chile.
Two years ago, Jany Farias Munoz had been a foreign exchange student in the home of the Adams family of Nevada City.
Back home in the colonial city of Talca about 150 miles south of the capital of Santiago, Farias Munoz on Monday communicated with the Adamses to let them know she and her extended family are all right – though they are sleeping on a patio floor out of fear the continuing aftershocks could bring down the house.
“The family is very shaken,” said Jim Adams, vice president of Ray Morgan Co. in Nevada City. “She said the earthquake was the worst experience of her life; the aftershocks have been massive. Half the city is in total ruins.”
But the Farias Munoz family is fortunate: Their home remains standing, and they have running water and electricity, Adams added.
Jany Farias Munoz – her first name is pronounced “HA-nee” – endeared herself to the Adamses when she lived with them for six months and attended Nevada Union High School during the 2007-08 year as part of the Rotary Youth Exchange program. She was active in Interact, a Rotary club for youth, and volunteered at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, Adams said.
“Jany’s such a sweet girl,” Adams added. “She worked very hard at school, was active in our community. She gave as much as she received.”
In January, Adams’ two youngest children – Lindsay, 21, and Jason, 18, both NU valedictorians – visited the Farias Munoz family in Talca.
“Her family is like my family now,” said Lindsay Adams, now in the nursing program at California State University, Sonoma.
But the family has felt insecure in their neighborhood, with looters trying to enter houses until a curfew was imposed recently – imposed by soldiers in the streets, Lindsay Adams said.
“There’s not much food… It’s all been looted,” Lindsay Adams said.
To contact City Editor Trina Kleist, e-mail email@example.com or call (530) 477-4230.
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