8.8 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Chile – Pacific Tsunamis Expected

Headline should read: Neptune Pwnxorz South America and Pacific Rim

An 8.8 magnitude earthquake hit Chile at around 3 am Eastern time this morning. So far death tolls are in the low hundreds, but that will surely rise as casualties are confirmed. The earthquake is one of the most powerful recorded in 100 years, and aftershocks have been reported in excess of magnitude 6.Chile has officially declared a “State of Catastrophe.”

By way of comparison, this earthquake is almost 900 times more powerful than the one that recently devastated Haiti. Apparently relief agencies are preparing to pull out of Haiti to move in to Chile and start recovery efforts there.

The earthquake has also produced a massive tsunami that has already hit coastal cities in South America. Hawaii has declared a State of Emergency and coastal regions are evacuating. The tsunami is expected to hit Hawaii around 4pm Eastern (I’m writing this at 2:30pm Central, so that’s in about a half an hour). Tsunami warning have also been sounded across coastal Asia, Japan, Alaska, and Australia.

Since everyone has been covering the hell out of this since 2 am, I’ll simply present a series of links for those seeking more information.

On the Earthquake:

Chile Quake Is One of the Biggest in a Century – Wall Street Journal

Chile Earthquake Among Strongest Since 1900 – Voice of America News

Massive earthquake hits Chile, 147 dead – Reuters

State of Catastrophe Declared in Chile After Massive 8.8-Magnitude Quake – Fox News

Chile Earthquake Pictures from the Guardian

On the Tsunami:

Chile earthquake generates cross-Pacific tsunami – Yahoo News

Tsunami warning system goes into action – MSNBC

Hawaii Governor Declares State of Emergency – Fox News

Wikipedia articles on earthquake strength:

Moment Magnitude Scale

Richter Magnitude Scale

Earthquakes

Videos:

I’ll probably post something on the Tsunami after it hits Hawaii.

I’ll definitely post something in a say or so when this earthquake is blamed on either global warming or some imaginary US superweapon.

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