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Here is the statement: This is not a temporary rupture in an otherwise stable equilibrium: the crisis

through which we are living is a turning point in history.

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    In an otherwise doesn't mean anything, as it is not a consituent of any sentence.
    – Colin Fine
    Commented Apr 3, 2020 at 13:47

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We can use 'otherwise' as an adverb meaning "except for what has just been referred to". This is not a temporary rupture in an equilibrium which would be stable except for that (the rupture).

Otherwise (Cambridge Dictionary)

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