An earthquake of magnitude 8,8 grades in the Richter scale struck the Central Region of Chile, the epicenter was in Maule, near Talca. This happened today February 27, 2010 in the morning. There are hundreds of killed people, several building have been destroyed, as bridges and highways.
The earthquake also triggered a Tsunami which is right now propagating across the Pacific Ocean, due to arrive in Hawaii in hours (around 11:00 am local time). The severity of the Tsunami is still not known, but alerts are being issued across the Pacific.
There are at least 144 dead.
The photo is from the city of Santiago, the Metropolitan region was affected by the Earthquake.
Santiago de Chile, 325 Km from the earthquake’s epicenter has a lot of cars twisted upside-down over the streets as a resulto of the destruction of some highways.
The Bellas Artes Museum presents strong damages.
Possible Tsunamis in the Pacific Ocean
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center is alerting 53 countries for a possibility of several Tsunamis as a repercussion of the Chilean Earthquake.
This alert was send to South America, Hawaii, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Philippines, Russia y and some Pacific Islands.
Technical data of the Earthquake in Chile
Magnitude 8.8 – OFFSHORE MAULE, CHILE
2010 February 27 06:34:14 UTC
Chilean Earthquake Details
Date-Time: Saturday, February 27, 2010 at 06:34:14 UTC
Epicenter Date-Time: Saturday, February 27, 2010 at 03:34:14 AM at epicenter
Location: 35.846°S, 72.719°W
Depth : 35 km (21.7 miles) set by location program
Region: OFFSHORE MAULE, CHILE
100 km (60 miles) NNW of Chillan, Chile
105 km (65 miles) WSW of Talca, Chile
115 km (70 miles) NNE of Concepcion, Chile
325 km (200 miles) SW of SANTIAGO, Chile
Location Uncertainty: horizontal +/- 7.2 km (4.5 miles); depth fixed by location program
Source: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
Event ID: us2010tfan
Photos of the Earthquake in Chile
Collapsed buildings, rubbled bridges and highways are the result of this strong earthquake.
Museo de Arte Contemporáneo (Contemporanean Art Museum) of Santiago de Chile:
Post author: Daniel Semper