The cell phone lines collapsed but the data networks worked. People trapped under the rubble were able to ask for help because they had cellphones to ask for help and report their status.
Social media helped to find people and reunite families. Apps helped people to their homes through business opening their internet lines, people sharing their wifi lines, phone companies opening up their networks so people could communicate.
32 years ago more than 3000 people died, survivors some times spent days before they could be found and although my country and my city were so heavily hit by two simultaneous quakes…the death toll is significantly less so.
Every lost life is a tragedy but without preparation and without taking advantage of technology it could have been much worse…and for that i am thankful.