8.8 Earthquake strikes Chile

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  1. evangilder

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    Sad, saw about it on the news this morning. :(
     
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    Last I heard, the death toll was 78, but I am sure that will rise today as the sun rises and they start to dig out. 8.8 is huge. I also heard about a 6.9 near Okinawa as well. Whole lotta shakin' goin' on.
     
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    Yea, it wasn't a huge one but we had a 2.8 earthquake over here....last week first I have ever felt. It was kinda scary although it wasn't really that bad.
     
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    I have been through a few 6+, a bunch of 5s and countless 4s and below. You learn to live with it in California. The Northridge quake of 1994 was the worse one I have been through. I remember screaming at one point and then thinking "Holy crap, I can't even hear myself screaming". It was really loud and unbelievable.
     
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    Has anyone noted the greater frequency of big quakes recently and their seemingly random distribution around the globe?

    When I was a kid, I thought earthquakes were something that happened to Japan and San Francisco, you didn't really hear about them anywhere else
     
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    Wow Eric, scary :shock:
     
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    Tsunami has been generated. Been moving through the Pacific at speeds of a jet liner. Expected to hit Hawaii an other parts of the pacific within 24 hours.
     
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    Holy crap, TWO more, plus a tsunami??? Colin, I was thinkin the same thing, myself.
     
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    Tsunami waves are expected in SoCal in about 5 hours. They aren't expected to be too large here, fortantely. Although we are in the midst of a big rainstorm, so it probably won't get noticed.
     
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    #11 syscom3, Feb 27, 2010
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    There really isn't a statistical increase in seismic activity. You have to look at the occurrences on a decade/century timescale. And the frequency of large quakes along the Pacific Ring of Fire, is actually significant over a 2 - 3 year period.

    This looks to be the 4th earthquake of this magnitude for this area, since records have been kept.

    http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eqinthenews/2010/us2010tfan/

    http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/

    Earthquake statistics are here:
    http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eqarchives/year/eqstats.php

    Global earthquakes sorted per magnitude.
    http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/world/historical_mag.php
     
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    Hawaii has now started the sirens and evacuations. A tsunami with a wave of 15 feet is expected to hit Hawaii in less than 5 hours.

    Acapulco, Mexico is expected to get hit within the next 10 min.
     
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    15ft, dam that is some serious water.
     
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    Guarantee you that Pearl Harbor is empty of everything, including tugs, right now. 15' wall of water...that's a huge wave, with a LOT of force behind it! Hope everyone's smart and gets the heck outta the area...bet there's at least one surfer who tries it, though.
     
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    Pearl Harbor is not much at risk for the tsunami due to its restricted (geologically speaking) assess to/from the sea.
     
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    There is a tsunami warning here in the P.I as well as Japan and even Australia. :shock:

    I heard that 10 foot waves are expected to come to shore. :shock: :shock:
     
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    ...and they are saying that they are going to last for a couple of hours. Not just a single wave. Not sure how that works.
     
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    Restricted access or not, there's a standing order for all ships in port, that are physically capable, to put out to sea in event of hurricane or tsunami, whether they have a full crew compliment on board or not. Tsunamis and hurricanes don't care much about the low-lands between the open ocean and the port.
     
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    Looks like Hawaii was spared. The largest wave was only 6 feet. The authorities there had 16 hours to evacuate everyone. No fatalities, injuries or damage has been reported.
     
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