Spent the day relaxing on the ship after the 3am bedtime for the lunar eclipse. The eclipse was great though I was a bit disappointed in the tiny turnout. Went ashore with Ida Lee after b'fast to see what the shops had, They hada lot but we had spent all our dollars yesterday and credit cards were not accepted. No ATMs either though what I would have done with a wad of unspent quetzals is a good question.
After lunch I reduced some of my recent GBT data--some interesting puzzles were presented by the data which I'll ponder tonight.
Sat on the quiet 4th aft deck with Ida Lee watching freighters come and go until we pulled up the gangplank at 5pm to set sail for Nicaragua at six. BBQ tonight--the delicious smells are floating through the salty tropical air.
All day drilling before the NSF team reviewing the proposal for ALMA Operations 2012-2015. Eduardo has found an interesting-looking place for dinner tonight--http://www.restobarky.cl/paginainiciokyingles.html
Clear and cool in Santiago. High winds at the ALMA site have shut down the antennas. 60 mph and 17F makes for a miserable experience, even for astronomy.
That was quite a string of aftershocks! All of them very nearby. We
went to the window to see the window washers across the street lowering themselves. A moment late we were running down the stairs under evacuation warning. I was last out, as usual, just after an announcement that an inspection had declared the building sound. There were some local power outages; cell phone service was lost or overloaded. The new President was sworn in.
Every building had a crowd of people outside. Although loudspeakers
announced our building to be safe we decided to be safer and went to
Subway for lunch. As it was early, there was no line. We got back to
the building at about 1:30; one elevator was thankfully restored. There
was a long line at Subway.
The string continued, on the coast west of Rancagua, with a total of twelve in the next six hours or so, all of them all nearby and fairly strong, none of them leaving any doubt in anyone's mind that pachamama wasn't serious. I left the building after the tenth and came to my apartment as it is easier to go down 4 flights than 19! I knew commissioning ALMA would be exciting (several multiline images now) but I had not included this dimension of excitement.
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