Sun Journal correspondent has personal connection to Chile devastation


The son of a Sumner couple was making his way back from a working trip in Mexico to his home in Alhue, Chile, where his wife and 5-month-old son were caught in Saturday’s earthquake.

Charles Standard had taken a flight to Santiago, but that plane was diverted north after the quake struck Saturday morning and the airport there had been closed.

Standard, the son of Sun Journal correspondent Mary Standard, spoke with his wife, Luz Maria, after she had escaped their home with their baby, Charles Jr., and took refuge at her mother’s home, who also lives in the small village of Alhue.

Luz Maria had suffered a cut foot as she fled their home with their baby, but was otherwide uninjured, Mary Standard said Saturday night. Meanwhile, Charles Standard was enroute aboard a bus that would take him to within 500 kilometers of his family. He didn’t know what form of transportation he might be able to use once the bus reached its destination, Mary Standard said.

As of Sunday night, Standard and her husband, Tom, had yet to speak directly with their son, but did receive word that he’d been in contact briefly with another stateside family member. She said that her son was still hundreds of miles from his home as of Sunday night. She and her husband had made several attempts to reach him via cell phone, but were unsuccessful.