2010 Earthquake in Chile

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
February 27, 2010
Earthquke in Chile

Consular Assistance | Google Person Finder | Statement by Secretary ClintonU.S. Embassy Statement:English;Español"We are closely monitoring reports from Chile and across the Pacific rim, and our thoughts and prayers are with all those who have loved ones affected by this tragedy." --Secretary Clinton, February 27, 2010

A major earthquake shook Chile on February 27, 2010, with its epicenter in Chile's 8th district, 73 miles north of Chile's second most populous city, Concepcion, and 197 miles south of Santiago. At the epicenter, the quake was measured at 8.8 Richter, at 7.5 in Santiago.

If you are concerned about a U.S. citizen in the affected area and have not been able to reach that person, you may contact the Chile Task Force by email at ChileEarthquake@state.gov. or by calling 1-888-407-4747. Full Text

The following is a link to the FEMA website with instructions for what to do after an earthquake: http://www.fema.gov/hazard/earthquake/eq_after.shtm.

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Donald M.
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Virginia, USA
February 28, 2010

Donald in Virginia writes:

Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Japan and Chile, and continue being with the people of Haiti. I might NOT be a scientist, but my opinion when you have 3 major earthquakes happen, someone should consider doing a triangle starting with Haiti, then Japan, along with Chile. It might help chart out whats happening. This technique is used in direction finding or dead wreckoning with Navigation. These big earthquakes are getting out of control. I will just say that everyone in the world should have some means to evacuate, have some first aid, plenty of food stocked up, and plenty of batteries, flashlights, provisions that can assist in case of an emergency.

Godbless and Peace out!

cmarsden
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United States
February 28, 2010

C.M. in U.S.A. writes:

And tossing people to a generic Google result is the BEST the State Dept can do?? How is this even REMOTELY helpful?? Would it be enough if your family member were in danger's path?? OMG, how sad!

Eric
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New Mexico, USA
February 28, 2010

Eric in New Mexico writes:

It's hard to get a real good idea how wide spread the damage is from initial reports, but seeing a fifty foot fishing vessel parked by a thirty foot tsunnami on the main street of one coastal village was pretty hard evidence that the scale of destruction is many more times as bad as what happened in Haiti.

I can only hope the loss of life is not so great.

It's good the Sec of State is on her way cause these folks will need all the help they can get to recover.

Roads so busted up I don't think some areas can be reached except by sea, and plan on delivering aid right on the beach in those areas, or by air lift inland.

This quake was some 500 times more intense than what struck Port au Prince, bouncing dump trucks on their tires so hard they flipped over in place.

100 or more aftershocks of 5.0 or greater so far, and folks are all shook up.

One can only hope for many, many small miracles of survival in all of this, and for the good will of nations to put aside politics for the duration.

There's over a million homeless, and another million + in Haiti that need some place to call home temporarily before they secumb to the elements and disease, and if it takes an act of Congress to provide that open door policy, then let it be done quickly.

For in the course of human history, the time to act is now, and don't be late.

I don't think it would be over-reacting to commandeer cruise lines and commercial aircraft, or mobilize the entire cadre of private boats on the west coast and the gulf to set sail, in addition to the US Navy and all the rotary winged aircraft the US can get its hands on to do this job right.

Folks may have a fit about the cost, loss of buisiness etc., so you could issue treasury bonds in lieu of immediate cash payment for private equipment and personel put on loan by US companies. They will need more than a tax credit to pay folks and we're going to be spending a lot of money to help folks out.

That 100 million DoS cash reserve for disaster aid is going to be tapped out quickly.

In another era, they called them "War bonds", so this isn't a new idea, just one that worked in the past that might be adaptable in present circumstance.

Eric
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New Mexico, USA
March 1, 2010

Eric in New Mexico writes:

Donald,

If you're looking for reasons, do the research. I'm only posting this for your benefit so use the links, it may help you.

Better to be educated than blindly alarmist, eh? There's enough in this world we already know we can be worried about without having to speculate and pose any conspiracy on.

Agreed?

Trust that someone is on top of it;
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ASA ISS On-Orbit Status 27 February 2010 STATUS REPORT
Date Released: Saturday, February 27, 2010
Source: NASA HQ
nasa.gov/

CEO (Crew Earth Observation) photo targets uplinked for today

(this being one of them)

Chaiten Volcano, S. Chile (ISS had a mid-afternoon pass with fair weather over this recently reactivated volcano in southern Chile. Prior to its eruption in May 2008, the volcano had been quiet for more than 9000 years; it has caused significant damage to the town of Chaiten located to the southwest. After crossing the large, outer Isle of Chiloe, looking near nadir and just inland for the volcano.
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More info;
volcanolive.com/news.html

Donald M.
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Virginia, USA
March 2, 2010

Donald M in Virginia writes:

1 10 10

@eric in New Mexico

Education is wonderful. Facts are facts based on gathering clues or even evidence to support a theory. We are contributers to this blog, people from around the world offer opinions, facts, or even have intelligent ideas that they share to the public. I never mentioned conspiracy in reference to Chile, I'm more interested in the cause of the Earthquakes. I do appreciate the links. I admit not being a guru on Earthquakes but some reason something just doesn't feel right about these three that just happened, then again it could just be me.

Thanks!

steve g.
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California, USA
March 2, 2010

Steve G. in California writes:

I am very surprised that the State Dept consular page for Chile doesn't have any detailed information about the situation there. Any newspaper of the last couple days has far more information than the State Dept pages have. Why isn't there a region-by-region summary of the situation? It should be possible to know for example if there has been tsunami damage on Isla Chiloe or what is the situation in significant towns like Puerto Montt. I can't believe that the State Dept can't assign staff to compile this information and get it on the State Dept website.

Jacob
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Colorado, USA
March 2, 2010

Jacob in Colorado writes:

Anyone know if this earthquake will change time??

Eric
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New Mexico, USA
March 2, 2010

Eric in New Mexico writes:

@ Donald,

Something doesn't feel right because you've just had an epiphany that humanity isn't in control here.

In your professional life you've put out fires in an effort to control situations, I understand your angst, because like you and everyone else I'm just along for the ride.

Just don't pose your nuclear testing conspiracy theory again like you did a couple weeks ago, please.

Jacob in Colorado wants to know if this event changed time.

Now that's a "relative" question, but by measurement, it has been suggested on the news that the mass of the displacement of tectonic plates affected the axis by a degree or two, and slowed the Earth's rotation so as to make the "day" about a millisecond shorter.

Relatively speaking, mother nature's into "daylight savings time" on the physical level.

I don't know how Hawkings would look at it, perhaps as a "brief hiccup" in a long history.

Eric
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New Mexico, USA
March 2, 2010

Eric in New Mexico writes:

Ooops, my bad...meant to say the Earth's rotation was speeded up, not slowed.

John P.
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Greece
March 2, 2010

John P. in Greece writes:

@ Jacob in Colorado

I don’t know if this recent news link can help you with your question:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/space/20100302/sc_space/chileearthquakemayhavesh...

Best Regards!

Eric
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New Mexico, USA
March 2, 2010

Eric in New Mexico writes:

@ Jacob in Colorado,

This is one of those times it helps to go to the source of the news mainstream media is reporting.

Somewhere along the editorial path they forgot to report that these kinds of effects arn't exactly something newly discovered, as they left out the fact that the 9.0 Sumatra quake had similar effect.

I suppose folks will try and sensationalize this for ratings purposes, so here's your link to the bare bones facts.

The news is based on computer modeling.

http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.cfm?release=2010-071

Claudia B.
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Massachusetts, USA
March 3, 2010

Claudia B. in Massachusetts writes:

I am a Chilean born American living in Boston. My boys and I am eager to help by raising funds or in-kind donations from our generous community here in Concord, MA. Our school head has offered to rally our school for funds. Please advise where help is most needed.

Warm regards,
Claudia B.

sefeldi a.
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Sudan
May 25, 2010

Sefeldi A.A. in Sudan writes:

i hope to help this people form all heart

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