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« Topic Start: February 27, 2010, 11:37:39 am »

Huge quake hits Chile, sparks tsunami alert
More than 120 dead; dangerous waves threaten countries around Pacific

SANTIAGO, Chile - A devastating magnitude 8-8 earthquake struck Chile early Saturday, toppling homes, collapsing bridges and spawning a tsunami that threatened every nation around the Pacific Ocean — roughly a quarter of the globe.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/35615455/ns/world_news-americas/
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« Reply #1: February 27, 2010, 11:42:57 am »

Huge quake hits Chile, sparks tsunami alert
More than 120 dead; dangerous waves threaten countries around Pacific

SANTIAGO, Chile - A devastating magnitude 8-8 earthquake struck Chile early Saturday, toppling homes, collapsing bridges and spawning a tsunami that threatened every nation around the Pacific Ocean — roughly a quarter of the globe.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/35615455/ns/world_news-americas/

Daaaamn.  Wasn't there one off the coast of Japan yesterday?
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« Reply #2: February 27, 2010, 11:43:48 am »

Huge quake hits Chile, sparks tsunami alert
More than 120 dead; dangerous waves threaten countries around Pacific

SANTIAGO, Chile - A devastating magnitude 8-8 earthquake struck Chile early Saturday, toppling homes, collapsing bridges and spawning a tsunami that threatened every nation around the Pacific Ocean — roughly a quarter of the globe.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/35615455/ns/world_news-americas/

I think that all I can say is 'Oh, bloody hell!'.
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« Reply #3: February 27, 2010, 11:45:53 am »

I think that all I can say is 'Oh, bloody hell!'.

I second that.
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« Reply #4: February 27, 2010, 11:52:01 am »

I second that.

Third.

I'm beginning to wonder if it's Mother Earth's time of the aeon or something.
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« Reply #5: February 27, 2010, 12:11:24 pm »

I think that all I can say is 'Oh, bloody hell!'.

That was my first thought, too.

My second was to wonder what nonsense Pat Robertson would come up with this time.
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« Reply #6: February 27, 2010, 12:12:50 pm »

That was my first thought, too.

My second was to wonder what nonsense Pat Robertson would come up with this time.

I shudder to think
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« Reply #7: February 27, 2010, 12:17:25 pm »

My second was to wonder what nonsense Pat Robertson would come up with this time.

Frankly, I'm surprised that his god hasn't struck him down yet.  Then again, maybe the God of the Fundies doesn't mind when His followers put words in His mouth.
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« Reply #8: February 27, 2010, 12:34:08 pm »

Third.

I'm beginning to wonder if it's Mother Earth's time of the aeon or something.

Heh. *chuckles*

I'm Chilean. Thankfully, in my part of the country it was only a 6 in the Richter scale, so there was, AFAIK, very little structural damage and no casualties at all. I was scared out of my mind, though, until I noticed my cats were Not Worried At All. So I thought, "OK, that must be it, it's not going to be a big one after all", and managed to calm down.

And then, at 8 o'clock the power came back, and with it the news. I'm still trying to process how bad it actually was, and how lucky I've been.
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« Reply #9: February 27, 2010, 04:49:27 pm »

Thankfully, in my part of the country it was only a 6 in the Richter scale, so there was, AFAIK, very little structural damage and no casualties at all. I was scared out of my mind, though, until I noticed my cats were Not Worried At All. So I thought, "OK, that must be it, it's not going to be a big one after all", and managed to calm down.

And then, at 8 o'clock the power came back, and with it the news. I'm still trying to process how bad it actually was, and how lucky I've been.

Only a 6?  Yiiiiikes. I'm glad you're okay.


And I'll echo everyone else: frakking hell.
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« Reply #10: February 27, 2010, 05:29:49 pm »

And then, at 8 o'clock the power came back, and with it the news. I'm still trying to process how bad it actually was, and how lucky I've been.

Early reports I'm hearing from US News services are "not nearly as bad as it could have been with an 8.8 quake" at least in the big cities -- I hope these reports are accurate. I haven't heard much about rural areas yet.

And no idea what the tsunami damage around the Pacific will be. I've heard a 3-4 meter wave is expected to hit Hawaii and parts of Australia. 
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« Reply #11: February 27, 2010, 05:54:06 pm »

 

It looks like the tsunami has hit Hawaii and at least the initial waves were less than expected -- about 6 feet. It will be a while before Hawaii is in the clear, however:

Tsunami expert: `We dodged a bullet'
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« Reply #12: February 27, 2010, 08:02:57 pm »

Early reports I'm hearing from US News services are "not nearly as bad as it could have been with an 8.8 quake" at least in the big cities -- I hope these reports are accurate. I haven't heard much about rural areas yet.  

They are accurate. Really, it could have been much worse. I haven't heard about rural areas either.
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« Reply #13: February 27, 2010, 10:08:51 pm »

They are accurate. Really, it could have been much worse.

I think Chile, like California in the US, has fairly strict building codes as far as earthquake survivability is concerned. Strong standards, well enforced, can make a huge difference -- at least now that we know how to build buildings to survive strong quakes.

I was reading in a magazine a few days ago that the new airport in Istanbul was built not only to survive a 9.0 earthquake but to remain operable after such a quake. That's got to be some good engineering.
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« Reply #14: February 27, 2010, 11:21:53 pm »

They are accurate. Really, it could have been much worse. I haven't heard about rural areas either.

From the news photos and videos I've seen, it looks bad enough to me. Reports read there's been over 300 deaths in Chile so far. I'm feeling really bad and upset about it, thinking of all the people, how scared they must have been and how devastated they are now, especially the ones that lost loved ones or their homes, let alone the many people that died. And the long-term effects on people's lives, how they're going to pick up pieces and carry on, homes needing to be rebuilt and all. But I'm glad you're okay and handling the emotional shock, Pillmayken.

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