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8.2 Earthquake Off the Coast of Chile, Tsunami Triggered 86

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An 8.2-magnitude earthquake has struck roughly 60km off the cost of Chile. Its depth was approximately 20.1km. A tsunami has been generated, and evacuations have been ordered along the coast near the strike. Tsunami warnings were also issued for Peru and Ecuador. According to the Associated Press, "Coastal residents of northern Chile evacuated calmly as waves measuring almost 2 meters (6 1/2 feet) struck ahead of a tsunami that was expected to come ashore later. ... Chile's emergency service reported some roads blocked by landslides caused by the quake, but said no injuries had been reported so far."
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8.2 Earthquake Off the Coast of Chile, Tsunami Triggered

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  • by future assassin (639396) on Tuesday April 01, 2014 @09:56PM (#46636005) Homepage

    get the magnitude wrong.

    7.7
    8.2
    8.0

    http://www.google.org/publical... [google.org]

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/c... [www.cbc.ca]

    http://www.latimes.com/world/w... [latimes.com]

    • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday April 01, 2014 @10:01PM (#46636019)

      Most likely those are estimates based on the data available at each location. As time moves forward the magnitud will converge.

      • It might also be the race to get the information out.

        I don't know if USGS is involved in earthquakes off the coast of Chile, but I know that the USGS refines it's numbers over time. So you might hear about a 5.0 which turns into a 5.2 and then down to a 5.1. But in our info-driven got-to-have-the-news-now-and-damn-the-accuracy culture, timeliness is more important than accuracy. We don't like to wait for data.

        So instead of saying "Big Earthquake in Chile", they throw the number in. The number doesn't me

    • by lesuth (2998957)
      Do not forget... USGS [usgs.gov] says 8.2.

      Noah [fandango.com] out in theaters March 28th.

      Seriously, four days is NOT enough time.

    • by jrumney (197329) on Tuesday April 01, 2014 @11:08PM (#46636321) Homepage
      Initial reports of earthquakes always have differing magnitudes, based on different data sources. It is only a couple of days later when all the data is analysed together that a consistent magnitude is agreed on.
  • this is a major event... but I do have to point out how hilarious it would be if the tsunami decided to peter out a half mile from the shore, like Mother Nature's own little April Fools' joke.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    "The 8.0 earthquake that just hit Chile was 794 times bigger than the 5.1 we had in LA last week" (credit goes to @AndrewSiciliano)

    • or 10 ^ (8 - 5.1)
  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday April 01, 2014 @11:04PM (#46636297)

    Posting from Chile here. Chile is an extremely seismic country. Construction codes and techniques require and plan for buildings to resist a 9.0 earthquake (by resist it's meant that no matter the damage to the building, even if it becomes uninhabitable, it should allow all the occupants to evacuate safely) and usually anything below 7.6 is not really reported as a major earthquake. In 2010 we had a major earthquake (8.8, 11th strongest in recorded history) and all the regions that had previously experienced a major quake (1985 in Santiago,1960 in Valdivia, and so on), and thus where rebuilt using the modern construction standards, experienced very little damage due to the quake itself. Of all people that where killed in 2010, less than 1000, most of them where due to the tsunami that ensued. The southern cities however where severely damaged as many homes where quite old and built using "adobe" mud bricks.
    The northern region that was hit today had already suffered two ~7.8 earthquakes in 2005 and 2007 and most of the construction was done using modern standards. The information is slowly coming in, but so far no casualties are reported. Right now all coastal cities have been evacuated as tsunami alarms where sounded, including massive SMS alerts and emergency alerts sent directly to Android phones.

    • Re: (Score:1, Offtopic)

      by geekoid (135745)

      Are you in Con Carne?

    • by alex67500 (1609333) on Wednesday April 02, 2014 @07:50AM (#46637867)

      Right now all coastal cities have been evacuated as tsunami alarms where sounded, including massive SMS alerts and emergency alerts sent directly to Android phones.

      So iPhone users can die? Sounds like Chile is way more civilised than I thought ;-)

      • Chile actually has, overall, one of the better economies in Latin America and the Southern Hemisphere, although much of the development and wealth are concentrated in the central part of the country (Santiago and Valparaiso). I would assume that like almost every other part of the world, Android is much more dominant than iOS devices, which sell well only in the U.S. and a handful of other countries.
    • by cusco (717999)

      Keep in mind that the quake which devastated the libertarian Eden which is Haiti was a 7.0, so the 8.8 in Chile was 80 times more powerful. Over 300,000 dead in Haiti, less than a thousand in Chile.

  • "No injuries"? (Score:4, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday April 01, 2014 @11:57PM (#46636495)

    From the fine article: "Officials reported two deaths and several serious injuries...". It's the first paragraph in the damn article.

    The summary is at best misleading, misquoting a paragraph discussing the *peruvian* injuries (of which there are none reported). Chilean injuries and deaths have occurred. ... but this is slashdot, where outright wrong summaries are the norm.

    • Speaking of the fine summary, WTF has the surf report got to do with the tsunami?

      "waves measuring almost 2 meters (6 1/2 feet) struck ahead of a tsunami that was expected to come ashore later"

    • From the fine article: "Officials reported two deaths and several serious injuries...". It's the first paragraph in the damn article.

      The latest news is that there have been 5 or 6 (depending on your news source) confirmed deaths.

  • 6 killed as huge 8.2 earthquake off Chile. Here is one of the Earth Quake video at Chile Super Market..BBC Broadcast this http://www.bbc.com/news/world-... [bbc.com]

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