Magnitude 8.2 Earthquake Hit Northern Chile

2 04 2014
A fire burns at a restaurant after an earthquake in Iquique, Chile, Tuesday, April 1, 2014. A powerful magnitude-8.2 earthquake struck off Chile's northern coast Tuesday night. There were no immediate reports of injuries or major damage, but buildings shook in nearby Peru and in Bolivia's high altitude capital of La Paz. (AP Photo/Cristian Viveros) NO PUBLICAR EN CHILE

A fire burns at a restaurant after an earthquake in Iquique, Chile, Tuesday, April 1, 2014. A powerful magnitude-8.2 earthquake struck off Chile’s northern coast Tuesday night. There were no immediate reports of injuries or major damage, but buildings shook in nearby Peru and in Bolivia’s high altitude capital of La Paz. (AP Photo/Cristian Viveros) NO PUBLICAR EN CHILE

A powerful magnitude 8.2 earthquake struck off northern Chile on Tuesday night killing at least 5 people.

The Telegraph reported that according to the the United States Geological Survey (USGS) , the powerful quake struck at 8.46 pm local time (2346 GMT) at the relatively shallow depth of 10 kilometers (six miles), 83 kilometres from Iquique on Chile’s northern coast.

A view of the city of Iquique, Chile, after an earthquake struck late Tuesday, April 1, 2014. A powerful magnitude-8.2 earthquake struck off Chile's northern coast Tuesday night. Buildings also shook in nearby Peru and in Bolivia's high altitude capital of La Paz. (AP Photo/Cristian Viveros) NO PUBLICAR EN CHILE

A view of the city of Iquique, Chile, after an earthquake struck late Tuesday, April 1, 2014. A powerful magnitude-8.2 earthquake struck off Chile’s northern coast Tuesday night. Buildings also shook in nearby Peru and in Bolivia’s high altitude capital of La Paz. (AP Photo/Cristian Viveros) NO PUBLICAR EN CHILE

The earthquake caused landslides that blocked roads, power failed for thousands, damaged an airport and caused fire to some buildings.

It also shook modern buildings in nearby Peru and in Bolivia’s high altitude capital of La Paz.

About 300 inmates escaped from a women’s prison in the city of Iquique.

However, Chilean press reported that 30-40 escaped prisoners had been recaptured.

A tsunami warning remained in effect for northern Chile, but alerts were lifted elsewhere.

Geophysicist Gerard Fryer at the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center told The Associated Press:

“We regard the coast line of Chile as still dangerous, so we’re maintaining the warning,”

The center warned that the U.S. state of Hawaii, might see higher waves on Wednesday. 

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In Peru, waves of 2 meters above normal forced about 200 people to leave the seaside town of Boca del Rio.

More than 10 strong aftershocks followed in the first few hours, including a 6.2 tremor.

Seismologist Mario Pardo from the University of Chile said that more aftershocks and even a larger quake could not be ruled out.

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Photos: Strong Earthquake Hit Off Guatemala Coast

8 11 2012

Residents walk among rubble after a magnitude 7.4 earthquake struck in San Marcos, Guatemala, Wednesday Nov. 7, 2012. The mountain village, some 80 miles (130 kilometers) from the epicenter, suffered much of the damage with some 30 homes collapsing in its center. There are three confirmed dead and many missing after the strongest earthquake to hit Guatemala since a deadly 1976 quake that killed 23,000. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

A 7.4 magnitude earthquake struck Guatemala on Wednesday at  around 10:35 a.m. local time (11:35 EDT),  killing at least 48 people.

At least 23 people are still missing.

The strong earthquake damaged buildings, cars and roads. 

The quake struck off Guatemala’s Pacific coast, 15 miles south of Champerico and 101 miles west-southwest of the capital”, said the US Geological Survey.

According to the USGS, the epicenter was 26 miles below the surface.

Most of the dead were buried under debris in San Marcos state, a mountainous region near the Mexican border.

Landslides that blocked the roads in some areas and severely damaged about 40 houses.

San Marcos state governor Luis Rivera said that the state government offices were almost completely destroyed.

In Guatemala City, office workers evacuated office buildings, although most soon returned to work.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said a small tsunami was registered on Guatemala’s coast, adding that there was a risk of localized damage within a 62 mile radius.

The quake was also felt in El Salvador and more than 765 miles away in Mexico City.

This is a disaster!

Two women walk past a building damaged after a magnitude 7.4 earthquake struck in San Marcos, Guatemala, Wednesday Nov. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

Residents begin clearing rubble from a damaged building after a magnitude 7.4 earthquake struck in San Marcos, Guatemala, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

Residents on motorcycles drive past a damaged road after a magnitude 7.4 earthquake struck in San Marcos, Guatemala, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

A police officer stands in the archway of a building damaged by a magnitude 7.4 earthquake that struck in San Marcos, Guatemala, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012.  (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)





Hawaii Hit By Tsunami After Canada Earthquake

28 10 2012

Hawaii was hit by a tsunami on Saturday night.

The authorities order at least 100,000 people in the island state to move to higher ground.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said the first tsunami wave was three feet high and less forceful than expected.

The tsunami hit with little warning and an alert, issued at short notice due to initial confusion among scientists about the quake’s undersea epicenter, caused massive traffic congestion as motorists made a mass exodus from low-lying areas.

The tsunami center cautioned that wave height could not be predicted and that the first wave “may not be the largest and all shores are at risk no matter which direction they face”.

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Powerful Earthquake Struck Chile

27 02 2010

Another major earthquake happened  just after a 7.0 earthquake hit Okinawa.

A magnitude 8.8 earthquake hit central Chile early Saturday.

Chile is in South America.

At least 6 people were killed.

This is a very powerful earthquake.

May be more people were killed.

The earthquake was located near the city of Concepcion.

Concepcion is the second largest city in Chile.

The city is 212 miles (341km) from capital Santiago.

The earthquake struck at 3:34 am (1:34am ET).

There are reports of collapsed building in Santiago.

So far CNN has not reported the destruction in Conception.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a tsunami warning for Chile and Peru.

Tsunami watch has been issued for Ecuador, Colombia, Panama and Costa Rica.

The center recorded a tsunami wave as high as 9 feet.

According to USGS the largest earthquake in the world was recorded in Chile.

It happened on May 22, 1960 with a magnitude of 9.5 killing 1665 people.

This is a real disaster and I am very sad to learn about this news.

I hope that we can stop the earthquakes.








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