Pacific – Chile earthquake was 8.8 on the Richter scale … 8.8 ? Oh, God … there are insufficient information yet, but instinctively feel like approaching the end of the world …
The quake caused buildings and bridges to collapse and led to power-black outs in parts of the Chilean capital, Santiago, 200 miles from the epicentre. Chile’s President Michele Bachelet declares “state of catastrophe” following earthquake. Electricity and basic services, including water and telephones, are out in the capital of Santiago. At least 47 people were killed, according to Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, with the death toll expected to rise.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a tsunami warning for the west coast of South America, later extended to alert countries of Central America and Polynesia. Of course, there is an area prone to such tectonic events. This is not the first earthquake of such magnitude. Dubbed “the Largest Earthquake in the World” by the U.S. Geological Survey, the Great Chilean Earthquake occurred just off the coast of Chile, on May 22, 1960. The quake’s magnitude measured at 9.5, the highest ever recorded by seismologists. The quake was centered beneath the city of Valdivia, which suffered extensive infrastructural damage and loss of life. The whole of Chile was scarred by the quake, and in fact the whole of the South American continent was rocked. The quake was followed by seismic tidal waves that drowned the Chilean coast. Historic Earthquakes.
An earthquake of magnitude 8 or over is classified as a “great” earthquake that can cause “tremendous damage,” according to the US Geological Survey website. The earthquake that devastated Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince on January 12 was rated at magnitude 7.0, while the one that struck Indonesia on 2004 measured magnitude 9.2.