World Football Strange but True: Chilean Players Ignore 7.1 Earthquake

Michael CummingsWorld Football Lead WriterMarch 29, 2012

Ever get the feeling the world is crumbling around you?

Colo-Colo and Palestino, two clubs in the Chilean Primera Division, didn't. At all.

Last week, Colo-Colo and Palestino were in the middle of a league match when a 7.1 magnitude earthquake hit central Chile. Three people sustained injuries, and authorities evacuated portions of the Chilean Pacific coast.

But Colo-Colo and Palestino played on, oblivious to the fact that the earth had literally just quaked around them.

Watch the video and see for yourself. Yeah, that's clearly an earthquake, right there in the stadium, and nobody seems to notice it at all.

Well, no one on the pitch anyway. The fans and commentators clearly know something is going on.

It's quite a contrast from a similar incident that happened recently in Mexico. Unlike in Chile, the players there dived for cover immediately.

From Sportige:

Well, I guess Chilean players are made of sterner stuff than those who play for rich Mexican clubs. As the cameras were rocking and shaking, both men near the mic kept commenting on the strength of the event, and taking notice of fans leaving their seats. Meanwhile, on the pitch? All is normal, and the match just kept on going. Some of the journalists covering the match were heading for the exists and missed on the opportunity to report on the event.

An opportunity missed, indeed. Palestino won the match 1-0, by the way.