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An earthquake that occurred off the coast of the Maule Region of Chile, on February 27, 2010.

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8.8 Earthquake Rocks Chile-Tsunami Warning Entire Pacific Region

  • Apr 16, 2010
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As you've no doubt heard, at 3:30 a.m. local time, a massive 8.8 earthquake rocked Chile.

The largest recorded earthquake in history was also in Chile measuring in at 9.5 on May 22, 1960. That historic quake killed over 1600 people and left over 2 million homeless. People around the Pacific were also killed due to the Tsunami the quake caused including in Hawaii, Japan & the Philippines.

In the early morning in Chile today, people where shaken awake by what some described as a locomotive sound coming through their home. They were then shrouded in darkness in the middle of the night having lost electricity and now water, bridges and buildings collapsing. There are reports of craters in the streets, 10 foot shifts in the pavement all evidence of the trauma inducing quake.

Following the 8.8 quake, there was no break from the shaking and fear as aftershocks have been measuring in at 6.2 and 6.9 magnitude - causing many to fear going into their homes forcing them to wait in the streets. (there have been over 50 aftershocks measuring above 4.5).

Hawaii has been getting frequent Tsunami warnings via sirens since 6 a.m. this morning. We have a friend in Hawaii who has been reporting about the surreal experience as he waits and wonders at his hotel in Hawaii calling the sirens and reality of the tsunami that is approaching Hawaii at 500 MPH "unnerving." They are literally waiting at their hotel - with ocean views - for the tsunami to hit at 500 MPH on the shores.

The tsunami waves are anticipated to be 6-8 foot - which may not sound ferocious. However, these waves are traveling at the speed of a jet plane - 500 MPH and are expected to crash into the shore like a river and suck out to sea whatever they can swallow.

Any daredevils in that area should not mock Mother Nature by going to the beaches and marinas to observe the incoming tsunami if they want to walk away with their life in tact.

It is astounding - not only has Chile been bulldozed by this quake, but the entire Pacific will be impacted. History tells us that the danger is real - as stated above - in the 60's when Chile endured the 9.5 earthquake, people were killed far from the shores of Chile including Hawaii, Japan and the Philippines. Even the west coast of the US were damaged from the ensuing tsunami.

Living in a city (Los Angeles - at the beach) that constantly buzzes about when the "big one" is coming - even movies have been made about the big quake that many anticipate will hit the coasts of California - I look at this terrible tragedy doled out by the ever shifting Earth with horror and sadness at those who have lost family and are living in limbo. I also look on in morbid fascination.

In a snap second - without any control of your own - every single thing in your life can change. As a self acknowledged "worrier" I sometimes trick myself into thinking that if I anticipate every bad thing that could happen and prepare for it or avoid it, I'm some how ahead of the game. The truth is - that is a silly and childish fantasy.

Sure, preparedness is crucial especially when you LIVE in an Earthquake zone as I do, but reality is, you can't stop these things from happening and changing your life forever.

For now, I will pray for everyone impacted by this Earthquake and quickly approaching Tsunami and do my part to donate and help when time appropriate. I also will use it as a reminder in my personal life to live for the moment and count my blessings on a daily basis. As the old cliche goes, 'life spins on a dime', and frankly, I want to get my money's worth.

Monkey Readers:

Do you know anyone in Chile or any of the Tsunami zones?

Have you ever lived through a terrible earthquake and have a story to share?


Or visit my blog, http://conquerthemonkey.blogspot.com

8.8 Earthquake Rocks Chile-Tsunami Warning Entire Pacific Region

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April 16, 2010
YES You were the friend I referred to in my post LOL!!!!! Thanks for the inspiration, you and the earthquake get credit for this post!
April 16, 2010
hahaha... i thought so... i'm over here begging for a shout out. feel free to put an @jrjohnson in there ;)
April 16, 2010
great post Cameron. Did you by chance see my post on this... i was giving updates from Kauai while we were on Tsunami watch
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Quick Tip by . February 28, 2010
my thoughts and prayers are with everyone in chile.
Quick Tip by . February 27, 2010
My heart goes out to the people of Chile. Praying that that's all that there is & for a speedy recovery.
Quick Tip by . February 27, 2010
According to CNN, tsunami related wave expected to hit Hawaii at 4.19 pm (ET)! Earthquakes seem to be escalating these few years :(
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The 2010 Chile earthquake occurred off the coast of the Maule Region of Chile, on February 27, 2010 at 03:34 local time (06:34 UTC) and lasted for about three minutes.  Its magnitude was initially reported to be between 8.3 and 8.5 Mw, later revised to 8.8 Mw.  It was the strongest earthquake affecting Chile since the magnitude 9.5 1960 Valdivia earthquake (the most energetic earthquake ever recorded worldwide), and is the strongest earthquake worldwide since the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake.  It was about 500 times stronger than the recent devastating magnitude 7.0 Haitian earthquake and is tied with a 1906 Ecuadorian earthquake as the seventh strongest earthquake ever recorded.

The earthquake was felt in the capital Santiago, as well as in many Argentine cities, including Buenos Aires, Córdoba, Mendoza and La Rioja. Tremors were felt as far north as the city of Ica in southern Peru. Tsunami warnings were issued in 53 countries. President Michelle Bachelet declared a "state of catastrophe". She also confirmed the deaths of at least 140 people. Many more have been reported missing.

The epicenter of the earthquake was offshore from the Maule Region, approximately 8 km (5.0 miles) west of Curanipe and 115 km north-northeast of Chile's second largest city, Concepción. Other cities exposed to Mercalli intensity scale intensity VIII (Destructive) shaking were Arauco, Lota, Cañete and Constitución.
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