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Iquique - Living in a fantasy world

Back to the Pacific coast of northern Chile.
Iquique is an important port. The city has more inhabitants than Arica, the first city that I visited in the north of the country. There is less that small town feel here. Although then again when you compare Iquique with Santiago.

The city’s development was due in large part to the discovery of mineral riches, particularly the presence of large deposits of sodium nitrate in the Atacama Desert.
In the center of the city you can find some beautiful buildings from the colonial era.
During my photo hunting of these buildings in colonial style, I passed this house and couldn’t resist taking a picture.

In the workshop two more pictures taken in the historic center of Iquique.

The city is quite pleasant, has a lively atmosphere and there are definitely some good restaurants.

Striking and thought-provoking however are the warning signs for possible tsunamis caused by undersea earthquakes.
Iquique has been devastated by several earthquakes. The biggest were in 1868, in 1877 and in 2005. The last one had a magnitude 7.9 on the Richter Scale.
Here you can see how many earthquakes recently have occurred: http://earthquaketrack.com/p/chile/recent

Perhaps that’s the reason why some people dream of living in a fantasy world.

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