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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
  • 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.


  • 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 Lowers Quake Death Toll to 279

Posted by feww on March 5, 2010

ANYTHING is possible in CHILE

How did the Government Count the Dead in Round One?

There’s a time-honored convention, a simple mathematical algorithm for counting things like dead bodies. You look at them, record them in some way and count them.

Only a day or so ago Chilean government put the number of the dead from the M8.8 mega quake and the giant tsunami waves that occurred on Saturday at 802. And the number of missing at about 1,000.

Chilean authorities have sharply lowered the daeth toll 20 279, Reuters reported.

The government did not say whether the new figure could be subject to future downsizing, again.

They haven’t given any explanation, of course, save for a mention in passing that the previous toll had included the number of missing [sic.]

Could it be that the government is in denial because they know they could have at least saved the lives of the tsunami victims?

Fire-Earth is lowering its estimate for the HAITI Quake Disaster from 20,000 dead and injured to less than 5,000 (five thousand). The Moderators would reconsider this estimate if a shred of evidence could be produced.

Another Powerful Aftershock Strikes

Meanwhile, another powerful aftershock measuring up to 6.5Mw struck Antofagasta, Chile about 1,260km north of the capital, Santiago.

The epicenter of the aftershock, which struck at a depth of about 100km, was located at 22.330°S, 68.340°W, USGS/EHP reported.

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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)
  • 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
  • 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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China Quake 1st Anniversary

Posted by feww on May 12, 2009

Incensed parents burn incense in memory of their dead children on the 1st Anniversary of China Quake

Tens of thousands of people mourn their relatives in the ruins of earthquake-hit Beichuan county, Sichuan Province, May 12, 2009.  REUTERS/Jason Lee. Image may be subject to copyright.

Wenchuan Earthquake Museum

Wenchuan Earthquake Museum has become the official shrine to the earthquake: “From the famous pig that survived under rubble for 36 days, to a water bottle used by Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao as he toured devastated buildings and schools,” a year ago.

On display are anything from crushed cars to  smashed toys and abandoned school backpacks— legacies of the magnitude-7.9 earthquake that, a year ago today, killed as many as 90,000 people in China’s southwestern Schichuan province. What is missing however, samples of sub-standard still and building materials that accelerated the collapse of  so many schools in the province, killing thousands of children and infuriating parents who still blame shoddy government construction practices.

May 12 was a day of mourning. Mourners crowded ruins in southwest China on Tuesday to mark one year since an earthquake shattered the region, while President Hu Jintao called reconstruction efforts a testament to national strength.

China Quake One Year
In this photo taken on April 5, 2009, Zhou Lekang 43, holds a picture of his son Zhou Jingbo who was 16 when he was killed after his middle school collapsed in the May 12, 2008 earthquake in Dujiangyan, China. The death of so many children has touched a nerve nationwide, raising questions about official corruption, mismanagement, government responsibility _ the underside of fast-paced economic growth. The political sensitivity of the issue has spawned many instances of government attempts to intimidate the parents and activists fighting to get the truth out. (AP Photo/Elizabeth Dalziel). Image may be subject to copyright.

Many of the parents whose kids were killed when their  classrooms collapsed,  blame the inordinately large number of young casualties on the poor construction standards.

“For some survivors, the anniversary also drew bitter words about the government’s reluctance to openly investigate buildings that collapsed in the quake, especially schools that fell while nearby offices and apartments stayed intact.” Reuters said.

You don’t have to be an expert to compare the two types of building.

“Officials prevented any memorial gathering on the morning of the anniversary at Juyuan, a town where hundreds of children died in the local middle school, three parents told Reuters by phone.”

The  founder of Wenchuan Earthquake Museum, Mr Fan, said he was satisfied with the government’s response to the tragedy, and believe any investigation into the affair concerning the corruption would hurt the nation’s stability.

“We must leave problems like this for history to resolve,” Fan says.

“He Xiaogang, an engineering expert from Tsinghua University who was on a team of government investigators that visited quake sites, said the sheer power of the earthquake is to blame for the number of flattened schools.” AP reported

“We went to tens of thousands of schools, and almost all of them were up to national standards,” He said.

However, US experts who visited the quake site in August 2008 found that many of the school buildings had been unreinforced structures, the type that  had been outlawed in 1976 after a powerful  earthquake struck near Beijing.

“As would be expected, this type of building did not perform well in the earthquake, and there were many catastrophic collapses,” said the experts from the California based Earthquake Engineering Research Institute and the Geo-Engineering Earthquake Reconnaissance Association in their report.

“The cement was of a low grade. The steel reinforcements were not only thin, but also appeared to have been bought from scrap markets,” said a parent who lost his 16-year-old son in the quake.

Unsurprisingly, the party official have “clamped down on information about the school-related deaths,” and one year on, they haven’t released the schools’ death toll. “Parents or activists who have sought information have been intimidated or detained.” AP said.

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