Do we have another Haiti on our hands? I wonder how bad this one's going to be.
Chile's infrastructure is MUCH better then Haiti's is/were, also, Chile is used to big Earthquakes (I would even say Chile is more of a "developed" country rather then "developing"). Won't have anywhere near the same amount of suffering that Haiti did. Still fucking sucks though. 8.8 is scary massive.
EDIT: World's strongest Earthquakes. Notice a pattern?
The world's strongest earthquakes
The Associated Press
1:54 AM PST, February 27, 2010
Here is a list of deadly earthquakes that registered at least an 8.5 magnitude, not including the 8.8-magnitude earthquake that struck central Chile early Saturday.
— May 22, 1960: A magnitude 9.5 earthquake in southern Chile and ensuing tsunami killed at least 1,716 people.
— March 27, 1964: A magnitude 9.2 quake in Prince William Sound, Alaska, and ensuing tsunami killed 128 people.
— Dec. 26, 2004: A magnitude 9 quake off the Indonesian island of Sumatra triggered a tsunami that killed 226,000 people in 12 countries, including 165,700 in Indonesia and 35,400 in Sri Lanka.
— August 13, 1868: A magnitude 9.0 quake in Arica, Peru (now Chile) generated catastrophic tsunamis; more than 25,000 people were killed in South America.
— January 31, 1906: A magnitude 8.8 quake off the coast of Ecuador and Colombia generated a tsunami that killed at least 500 people.
— November 1, 1755: A magnitude 8.7 quake and ensuing tsunami in Lisbon, Portugal killed an estimated 60,000 people and destroyed much of Lisbon.
— July 8, 1730: A magnitude 8.7 quake in Valparasio, Chile, killed at least 3,000 people.
— August 15, 1950: A magnitude 8.6 earthquake in Assam, Tibet, killed at least 780 people.
— June 15, 1896: A magnitude 8.5 quake Sanriku, Japan, caused a tsunami that killed at least 22,000 people.
— November 11, 1922: A magnitude 8.5 quake on the Chile-Argentina border killed several hundred people.
— November 7, 1837: A magnitude 8.5 magnitude quake in Valdivia, Chile generated a tsunami that killed at least 58 people in Hawaii.
— October 20, 1687: A magnitude 8.5 quake in Lima, Peru destroyed much of the city.
Actually, I think this would be a good test to compare with California (not really but much better then Italy or Haiti). I know in Santiago the buildings are much newer. I would wager the same could be said for Concepcion. I am truly frightened about an Earthquake here in the Bay Area. Mostly because I commute using BART or the Bay Bridge and both make me really nervous.
Fuck. They got hit by a Tsunami too.
If you wanna watch
*I've been watching for a while now and it looks/sounds nothing like Haiti (thank goodness) but the deaths are still accumulating, especially in the smaller coastal towns...
Last edited by boarderwoozel3; 02-27-2010 at 01:38 AM.
I gotta hand it to Chile I would expect much worse from an 8.8 quake. By no means is a quake a good thing, but at least it's not another Haiti.
Easter Island... and the entire east coast of NZ...
Can it really carry all the way across the Pacific?
Last edited by boarderwoozel3; 02-27-2010 at 02:17 AM.
yup at the same speed as a airliner,and at 800 mph so say.
I just heard my Earth science professor say that this week so don't think I'm smart or anything.
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I'm social science major so that's well out of my arena. Scary stuff.
Apparently Chile had a 9.5 earthquake in the 60's. 9.5...!
And yeah, looks like Chile knows what's up. It's sad they've had to rebuild this many times but I guess they're used to it.
Hey! The Bay Area is on a Tsunami advisory.
The quake in Chile was 1,000 times more powerful than the magnitude 7.0 earthquake that caused widespread damage in Haiti on Jan 12, killing at least 230,000, earthquake experts reported on CNN International.
my dad's latest posting on facebook, he's been sailing down off the central coast of Mexico this winter...yes, my dad uses facebook:
"Wake up call at 7 told me there was a tsunami headed my way. Confirmed by NOAA (ETA 11:00 this morning) so heading to sea."
Glad he's got a boat and enough advance warning! shit.
Originally Posted by Wayne Coyne
Jeez, JustSteve, I hope your dad remains safe and ok.
My sister's husband is in the Navy and they are supposed to move to Chile in a few months.
And it burns, burns, burns, the ring of fire
Oh shit guys. I just evacuated to higher ground. They're taking this way seriously here. Cross your fingers.