Feb 28 2010
These earthquakes and tsunamis are terrifying. Thank God that Chile isn’t Haiti. The earthquake in Chile was a lot stronger than Haiti’s but the wealth Chile derives from being the world’s third-largest copper producer proved a significant barrier against mass destruction.
Central Chile was severely affected by the earthquake, which struck at 3.34am and was followed by violent aftershocks. Much of the country lost power, water supplies and communications.
The earthquake damaged 1.5m houses in Chile, one third of them seriously. Cars overturned, roads were split by fissures and the country suffered more than 100 aftershocks many of them stronger than five on the Richter scale.
On May 22, 1960, southern Chile was hit by the most powerful earthquake recorded, at a magnitude of 9.5. At least 1,600 people died. As a result, almost every large building constructed in Chile can withstand tremors.
[via Times Online]
Glad that the building codes in Chile are strict and that they have been prepared for years. The roads and highways on the other hand there was no helping as you can see above.
My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone who was effected by this terrible catastrophe. I feel like bad things happen in threes. Hopefully, this time, that isn’t true and I am proved wrong.