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8.8 earthquake in Chile
« on: February 27, 2010, 06:14:09 AM »
Huge earthquake in Chile, magnitude 8.8, tsunami warnings across the South Pacific and Australasia

Forty-seven people are reported dead so far, but these are very early reports. The earthquake in Haiti in January was magnitude 7.0, although Chilean cities are unlikely to be devastated the way Haiti was because they are built more sturdily.

ETA: From the time-zones map, I see that Chile is in the same time zone as our Marimtides.

ETA2: The quake hit at about 6.30 GMT, which I think is 2.30 in Chile, 1.30 EST.

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Re: 8.8 earthquake in Chile
« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2010, 07:00:52 AM »
Wow. I'll look for it on the news.

ETA: It's now on the CBC website, along with Japan's coast getting a 6.9 quake.

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Re: 8.8 earthquake in Chile
« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2010, 08:00:48 AM »
Oy. The tsunami from Chile was possibly going to be headed for Japan -- now they may have one of their own?

From my reading of the map, the tsunami, if it still has force, should hit New Zealand about 1 p.m. EST. Australia and Hawaii are soon after.

The people who do warnings for the North Pacific are still saying that the wet coast of NA probably won't see the tsunami, but they're being cautious.

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Re: 8.8 earthquake in Chile
« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2010, 11:15:11 AM »
BBC is now reporting the death toll at 120:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8540289.stm

That's a pretty massive earthquake whether prepared or not.
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Re: 8.8 earthquake in Chile
« Reply #4 on: February 27, 2010, 12:00:34 PM »
Someone on Radio-Canada who was recently on Guadeloupe also mentioned that the Soufrière Hills on Montserrat have been active since mid-February.  The lava dome collapsed; there have been pyroclastic flows and a several kilometers high ash column has dropped cinders all over the surrounding Caribbean islands.

There has been an unusual amount of seismic and volcanic activity in specific areas on the planet during the last decade, it seems to me.

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Re: 8.8 earthquake in Chile
« Reply #5 on: February 27, 2010, 02:04:06 PM »
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Re: 8.8 earthquake in Chile
« Reply #6 on: February 27, 2010, 03:31:32 PM »
Hmmn. The livestream just cut off. Keep checking.

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Re: 8.8 earthquake in Chile
« Reply #7 on: February 27, 2010, 04:00:43 PM »
Yeah, most major networks have lost streaming, altho haven't checked cnn, anyway there is a citizen live stream the major networks are trying to get his attention. No luck so far, as far as I know.

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/hawaii-tsunami

ETA - CNN has best cam.
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Re: 8.8 earthquake in Chile
« Reply #8 on: February 27, 2010, 05:09:05 PM »
Pretty minor surge in the Hilo Bay. First wave to hit NZ only about 20 cm.

It amazes me that the Hawaii livestream I've got never refers to news sources in NZ-Australia, who are ahead of them. You'd think they'd be on top of every good news source in the path.

ETA: Apparently there has been some impact along the California coast. BC, take note.

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Re: 8.8 earthquake in Chile
« Reply #9 on: February 27, 2010, 06:22:56 PM »
I've been outside working on renovations all day, haven't seen a newscast yet, will keep checking here when I can. Thanks for the info.

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Re: 8.8 earthquake in Chile
« Reply #10 on: February 27, 2010, 06:28:05 PM »
The most interesting thing I watched on my livestream was a small reef just outside Hilo harbour, apparently usually covered by water. On and off through the afternoon, four times so far, the reef has been exposed for about half an hour, and then it is quite suddenly submerged. So there are surges, but they don't seem to be coming ashore in any notable way.

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Re: 8.8 earthquake in Chile
« Reply #11 on: March 01, 2010, 12:24:06 PM »
This morning, CBC radio's "The Current" featured a seismologist (sp?) who talked about how Tweets to Twitter helped them figure out where the tremors were the greatest and allowed them to essentially "map" the fault line where this quake originated.  Fascinating.  Is the world coming to an end?  Are earthquakes occurring more frequently?  

 :tinfoil: <-- because as we all know, when the world ends, the aliens will be there.
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Re: 8.8 earthquake in Chile
« Reply #12 on: March 01, 2010, 12:50:47 PM »
Oh, steffie -- some aliens are already with us. You should meet the cutie who lives in my house.  ;)

Sometime on Saturday afternoon I listened to a scientist in Hawaii speaking to the same question, and he said no, that this activity is not unusual, given the region, although the Chilean quake was a very big one. He had lists of comparable quakes in the recent past (ie: last century), and there were a lot of them. The worst tsunami to hit Hawaii in recent years was two tsunamis back and was caused by a quake in Chile in almost the same place.

The Pacific Rim is just kinda lively all the time, apparently, and that's a very big area. The quakes mainly happen around the rim or where volcanic thrusts have formed islands, but an awful lot of people within the basin are in line for the tsunamis.

 

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