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Another Strong Aftershock Strikes Chile

Posted by feww on March 6, 2010

Strong aftershock measuring  up to M6.9 strikes Bio-Bio Chile

The aftershock was the strongest aftershock to strike the region in the previous 72 hours.

However, there was no significant damage as a result of the shock, local officials were reported as saying.


The M8.8 megaquake and ensuing giant tsunami waves caused more damage in Chile’s Maule region and  beyond than did the Haiti quake in that  country, making a mockery of the death toll figure provided by the dysfunctional Haiti govt. Fire-Earth estimates that the Haiti quake death toll may have been exaggerated by as much as 100 folds.  Fire-Earth has now revised down its figure for the number of deaths and injures resulting from the Haiti quake to 5,000 (FIVE THOUSAND). [Original caption: An earthquake survivor walks through the city center after it was destroyed by a massive earthquake and ensuing tsunami, in Talcahuano March 4, 2010.] Credit: REUTERS/Mariana Bazo. Image may be subject to copyright.

Yet Another Revised Death Toll by Chilean Govt

Major Chilean newspapers reported on Friday the government had again revised its death toll for Maule region to 316 (previously 587). The epicenter of the M8.8 megaquake was located in the Maule region.

The Tsunami Oops!

Most of the casualties in Saturday’s disasters were killed  NOT by the M8.8 megaquake, but by the three giant tsunami waves that obliterated the coastal population centers hours  later. The Chileans say their govt told them there would be NO risk of a tsunami.

The Chilean Navy has since blamed the catastrophic failure on “a diagnosis error,” admitting that they transmitted “extremely unclear information” to their civilian counterparts. The authorities have since fired head of the Navy’s Hydrographic and Oceanographic Service [Servicio Hidrográfico y Oceanográfico de la Armada, SHOA,] Commander Mariano Rojas, for failing to issue a tsunami warning [syn: incompetence,] local reports said.

EQ Details

  • Magnitude as reported by USGS/EHP: 6.6 [Max magnitude estimated by Fire-Earth: 6.9 Mw]
  • Date-Time:
    • Friday, March 05, 2010 at 11:47:10 UTC
    • Friday, March 05, 2010 at 08:47:10 AM at epicenter
  • Location: 36.513°S, 73.116°W
  • Depth: 35 km (21.7 miles) set by location program
  • Region:  OFFSHORE BIO-BIO, CHILE
  • Distances
    • 35 km (20 miles) N of Concepcion, Chile
    • 90 km (55 miles) W of Chillan, Chile
    • 125 km (80 miles) NNW of Los Angeles, Chile
    • 405 km (255 miles) SSW of SANTIAGO, Chile
  • Source: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
  • USGS Event ID: us2010tla4

Strong Quake Strikes SW of Sumatra, Indonesia

Meanwhile, a strong earthquake measuring up to 6.8Mw [Fire-Earth estimate] struck SOUTHWEST OF SUMATRA, INDONESIA, at a depth of about 20km on Friday, March 05, 2010 at 16:06:57 UTC.

The epicenter was located at 4.032°S, 100.806°E, USGS/EHP reported.

Distances:

  • 165 km (100 miles) W of Bengkulu, Sumatra, Indonesia
  • 345 km (215 miles) S of Padang, Sumatra, Indonesia
  • 415 km (255 miles) SW of Jambi, Sumatra, Indonesia
  • 700 km (435 miles) WNW of JAKARTA, Java, Indonesia

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Chile: Two Strong Aftershocks in 8 Hrs

Posted by feww on March 4, 2010

Two strong aftershocks measuring up to magnitude 6.2 and 6.3 strike Bio-Bio and Valparaiso, Chile

The first thing that ought to have come to mind is, thank goodness Chile doesn’t have a nuclear power plant or large scale nuclear waste storage facility. [The country’s two open-pool research reactors (5MWt and 10MWt) are apparently located near Santiago.]

What if megaquakes struck close to a large nuclear power plant, or two?

Earthquake Details

  • Magnitude: 6.1 [Max magnitude estimated by Fire-Earth: 6.3 Mw]
  • Date-Time:
    • Thursday, March 04, 2010 at 01:59:50 UTC
    • Wednesday, March 03, 2010 at 10:59:50 PM at epicenter
  • Location: 33.154°S, 72.064°W
  • Depth: 34.4 km (21.4 miles)
  • Region: OFFSHORE VALPARAISO, CHILE
  • Distances:
    • 45 km (30 miles) WSW of Valparaiso, Chile
    • 135 km (85 miles) WNW of SANTIAGO, Chile
    • 165 km (105 miles) NW of Rancagua, Chile
    • 190 km (115 miles) SSW of Illapel, Chile
  • Location Uncertainty: horizontal +/- 24.6 km (15.3 miles); depth +/- 4.3 km (2.7 miles)
  • Source: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
  • Event ID:  us2010tkan

10-degree Map Centered at 35°S,70°W


The two strong aftershocks detailed here are marked in RED on the EQ Location Map. Source: USGS/EHP. Image Edited and Enhanced by FEWW.

Earthquake Details

  • Magnitude: 6.0  [Max magnitude estimated by Fire-Earth: 6.2 Mw]
  • Date-Time:
    • Wednesday, March 03, 2010 at 17:44:25 UTC
    • Wednesday, March 03, 2010 at 02:44:25 PM at epicenter
  • Location: 36.452°S, 73.069°W
  • Depth: 19 km (11.8 miles) set by location program
  • Region:  OFFSHORE BIO-BIO, CHILE
  • Distances:
    • 40 km (25 miles) N of Concepcion, Chile
    • 85 km (55 miles) W of Chillan, Chile
    • 130 km (80 miles) NNW of Los Angeles, Chile
    • 400 km (250 miles) SSW of SANTIAGO, Chile
  • Source:  USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
  • Event ID us2010tjbk

Tsunami Status

Pacific Ocean Tsunami Warning Center said there were NO Tsunami Warning, Watch  or Advisory in effect.

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Chile Quake Aftermath: Day 5

Posted by feww on March 4, 2010

There would be enough food and fuel for everyone, if they wait long enough: President Bachelet

Death Toll from the quake and tsunami is slowly inching up above 800, but the number of missing is grossly underestimated.

“There is enough food and therefore we must remain calm. There is also enough fuel, there is no risk of shortages … Be confident … Chile is going to stand on its feet again,” the outgoing president Bachelet blurted out on the nationally TV and radio.

Ms. Bachelet, described as  center-left, has again pleaded with Chileans  not only to stop looting, but cease hoarding supplies, too.

She doesn’t accept that her government’s response to one of the world’s largest earthquake was even more pathetic than the dysfunctional “government” of Haiti to their earthquake disaster in January.

Ms Bachelet has urged Chilean’s to help with relief efforts, like every good citizen should. But even Gen Pinochet knew an army cannot march on an empty stomach.

Enter the EXTREME Right

If her government was really center-left, may good have mercy on Chileans because the ultra conservative president-elect, billionaire businessman Sebastian Pinera, can only be described as EXTREME right. To people like him, people are mere numbers on a balance sheet and the bottom line must always be black. Chile may be reentering the “dark ages” again.

More Aftershocks

Concepcion, Chile’s second largest and the closest major city to the epicenter of the M8.8 megaquake that struck on Saturday, was shaken by a swarm of strong aftershocks which  sent the locals scurrying to higher grounds fearing a new wave of tsunamis.

The capital Santiago was also shaken by at least two strong aftershocks on Wednesday.


Earthquake location map (10-degree Map Centered at 35°S,70°W) shows the approximate location of the M8.8 megaquake and 195 aftershock, many larger than M5.0 as 01:00UTC (GMT) on March 4, 2010.  Source: USGS/EHP.

Dead and Missing

The number of dead was reported as 813 by late Wednesday, but there are probably as many as 1,000 people still unaccounted for especially in the coastal villages that were completely obliterated by the three large tsunami waves (which the government had said won’t happen).

As many as 500 people are unaccounted for in Constitucion, one of several fishing  villages which were almost entirely wiped out.

Curfew

Concepcion is currently under an 18-hour curfew enforced by as many as 17,000 troops (3,000 more than the number reported by the media) as well as the local police force. But with so many buildings destroyed or damaged, and residents  refusing to enter their homes in case of a collapse, this curfew must be a very strange one.

Basic Necessities at  Extortionate Prices

A few shops have opened in Concepcion, but foodstuffs are sold at extortionate price, inflated by 300 percent.

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