8.8 Magnitude Earthquake in Chile

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    The quake hit at 3:34 a.m. (0634 GMT; 1:34 a.m. EST) and was centered 200 miles (325 kilometers) southwest of the capital, Santiago, at a depth of 22 miles (35 kilometers) the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

    The epicenter was just 70 miles (115 kilometers) from Concepcion, Chile's second-largest city, where more than 200,000 people live along the Bio Bio river, and 60 miles from the ski town of Chillan, a gateway to Andean ski resorts that was destroyed in a 1939 earthquake.

    An Associated Press Television News cameraman said some buildings have collapsed in Santiago, where power was out in parts of the city. An important church was among the buildings that came down in the central city of Providencia, where window glass shattered into the streets and people ran from multistory buildings, according to TV Chile.

    The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a warning for Chile and Peru, and a less-urgent tsunami watch for Ecuador, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica and Antarctica. It said a tsunami could also hit Hawaii later in the day.

    "Sea level readings indicate a tsunami was generated. It may have been destructive along coasts near the earthquake epicenter and could also be a threat to more distant coasts," the center said.
    Print Story: 8.8-magnitude earthquake hits central Chile - Yahoo! News
     
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    8.8...hard to even grasp the concept of that
     
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    each 1.0 increase in magnitude is 30 times greater power in the earthquake....this earthquake is about 2.0 in magnitude higher than the one in Haiti, so about 60 times stronger, is what the weatherman said on the 24/7............



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    hmmm...1000 TIMES STRONGER cuz it is 30 times the 30=900 so the tv is saying it was about 1000 times stronger than the quake in Haiti...WOW
     
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    and this one has a tsunami....so the damage from that is yet to be seen.
     
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    Here's the USGS data on the original quake:

    Magnitude 8.8 - OFFSHORE MAULE, CHILE

    This is the real-time list of worldwide earthquakes magnitude 5.0 or larger, to see the significant aftershocks being generated:

    Latest Earthquakes M5.0+ in the World - Past 7 days

    I can't even imagine an 8.8 magnitude quake. That's only slightly smaller than the quake that caused the Indian Ocean tsunami.
     
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    A point of (hopefully only) historical interest. In 1906 San Francisco had a 7.7 EQ on April 18th; and Santiago, Chile an 8.6 event on Aug 17th. Related or not, todays event should suggest to all to be prepared for mother nature, especially those living in California.
     
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    Tsunami warning for Hawaii.

    Hawaii Under Tsunami Warning - ABC News

     
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    holy CRAP!

    I was watching a History Channel special the other night on the Bible Code, whether real or not real etc....it was an older program back from 2006 I believe....anyway, in this program it predicted THE BIG ONE in California, in 2010.....let's just hope this is NOT the case....

    are chile and cali on the same fault line or somethin'?
     

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