Update from this post. Another friend of mine Paola, who was traveling to Santiago on business, finally contacted her husband (8 hours away by bus) after the Chilean earthquake. It took her 48 hours to get through to him and their 2 boys. She had no idea if they were dead or alive, or whether or not her house had made it through the quake. She says the house is "intact" and the boys are fine. I don't even have words for what the past 48 hours might have been like for her or her husband for that matter.
I've heard from almost all of my Concepcion friends and everyone is okay so far. Answered prayers but the destruction is massive in Southern Chile. Prayers for my friends in that long, skinny country down South.