Big quake in Chile

If you haven’t heard the news, there’s been a massive earthquake in Chile. Take your pick of the news sources – maybe the Beeb is your best bet.

Geologically, this one is far, far bigger than the Haiti quake – magnitude 8.8, compared to Haiti’s 7.0. That indicates roughly 500 times the energy has been released. However, Chile is a far wealthier country, and well prepared for earthquakes.

There’s a tsunami warning current for much of Australia’s eastern coastline. Initial reports across the Pacific indicate that the tsunami isn’t a big one, but if you live on the coast obviously take heed of the warning and stay away.


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6 responses to “Big quake in Chile”

  1. Zorronsky
  2. Down and Out of Sài Gòn

    The tsunami has hit New Zealand. No fatalities reported so far, and hopefully none will be reported.

  3. paul walter

    8.8 on the Richter scale? That’s ginormous.
    Of course, the region is notorious for volcanos and earthquakes. The problems would be fearful to imagine if a quake hit a big place like Santiago. Lima,i neighbouring Peru, has a history of devastating earthquakes, for example.

  4. Sam

    The quake Chile had in 1960, which was 11 times as powerful as this one (Haiti times 5500), must have been a rip snorter.

  5. Brian

    On the news tonight they said the Chile quake was much deeper than the Haiti one, hence less surface damage in relation to the total energy, I guess.

  6. Paul Burns

    A friend of mine was in the 1960 Chilean earthquake when she was 10 years old. She still hasn’t got over it.