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Chile’s monster earthquake

Horrible news from Chile this morning:

A massive 8.8-magnitude earthquake struck Chile early Saturday, shaking the capital of Santiago for 90 seconds and sending tsunami warnings from Chile to Ecuador.
…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.

Hawaii under a tsunami warning.
Please pray for the Chileans, and let’s get ready to send help to these people. I know this blog has readers all over the world. If any of you live in Chile, or otherwise in an area that experienced this quake, please tell us how you are and what you saw and felt.
UPDATE: Follow updates, as well as news of a potential tsunami hitting Hawaii, on The New York Times Chile earthquake blog.
UPDATE.2: Watch live video feed of Waikiki Beach, waiting on the tsunami.

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posted February 27, 2010 at 9:54 am

Suggestions of chairities needing donations would be helpful. Obviously there’s the Red Cross, but any others?

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posted February 27, 2010 at 11:58 am

Terrible, but the initial reports at least suggest the death toll is much less horrific than in Haiti. I suspect Chile has better building codes and a more functional government.

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posted February 27, 2010 at 2:29 pm

There’s a Bible Church across the street from my house that’s put up a sign that they’re offering classes in End Times.
A link from the local TV website to “Worst Earthquakes on Record” listed some as far back as 1700 (9.0 – Northern California/Oregon). I saw that in 1755 an 8.7 hit Portugal and destroyed half of Lisbon.
But I got to thinking that certainly there was no Richter scale back then. Sure enough, it came into being in 1935, so where are the pre 1935 numbers coming from?
Sorry, I realize this has nothing to do with what’s going on in Chile now and the ensuing tsunami that’s supposed to hit Hawaii this afternoon. Terrible.

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posted February 27, 2010 at 6:39 pm

Rachel, those are estimated by a number of means. One way that I’ve heard of is to dig a trench across the fault and measure the displacement in the fault at various rock layers. These displacements are compared to quakes of known magnitude to create an estimate for the historical quake. The trench can also be used to determine the rough periodicity of the fault also.
Rod, all the comments are now bold. I think you have an unclosed bold tag in update2.

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