8.2 Earthquake off the Coast of Chile

And I know that is big because the Beastie Boys never went over a 6.7 on the Richter Scale and Fukishima was a 7.1.

Anyone following this and have any good sites for info? What is the tsunami risk? How long from the earthquake until the waves hit the coast? Where else will it go? Red Cross links?

*** Update ***

I’m actually personally shocked that I called the country Chile. Robitussin 1- Cole 0.

34 replies
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    Ferdzy says:

    You mean out in the toast somewhere? (sorry, sorry, couldn’t resist…)

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    opiejeanne says:

    Chile, maybe?

  3. 3
    The Bobs says:

    Wasn’t Fukushima a 9.0?

  4. 4
    SiubhanDuinne says:

    My former boss and his wife have close family in Chile and spend part of the year there each year. I’m anxiously waiting to hear from them. AFAIK they are currently here, not in Chile at the moment, but must be very worrying. If they can provide any new info that isn’t readily available, I’ll pass it along.

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    polyorchnid octopunch says:

    @The Bobs: Yes it was. 8.2 is big, but not Fukushima big.

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    I'mNotSureWhoIWantToBeYet says:

    There is a USGS map showing after shocks (what an ugly URL).

    There’s no tsunami warning for Hawaii at the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

    (Your tax dollars at work.)



  7. 7
    susie says:

    From Maui Watch on facebook – CHILEWatch by Meteorologist Malika Dudley

    Information statement #4 was just released – no changes yet. The tsunami threat to Hawaii is still being evaluated after an 8.2M earthquake off the coast of northern Chile. The possibility that Hawaii could be elevated to a WATCH or WARNING still exists.


    Further statements will be issued hourly or sooner as conditions warrant until the threat to Hawaii has passed.

    I have calls out to the Tsunami Warning Centers and will post updates on this thread until new information is released.

  8. 8
    aangus says:

    Tsunami alert after 8.2 quake strikes off Chile


    Also, too….


  9. 9
    KG says:

    According to this link It moved a city ten feet. But not much damage or deaths reported. Waves likely won’t make it to California, but the rest of South and Central America might get something.

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    CaseyL says:

    As BBC News noted, Chile gets a lot of earthquakes, so they take preparation and response seriously. Evacuation of coastal areas seems to be going on in an orderly fashion. No reports of injuries or deaths so far. Knock wood it stays that way.

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    mainsailset says:

    @The Bobs: Actually it was a 7.1 says Wiki http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A.....earthquake

  12. 12
    aangus says:


    Damn, beat me by seconds. ; )

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    I'mNotSureWhoIWantToBeYet says:

    @mainsailset: Wrong one. You and JC were looking for the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake.

    The big one was a 9.0, but, IIRC, it was a 7.mumble by the time it reached the city itself. Point to The Bobs.

    HTH! :-)


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    I'mNotSureWhoIWantToBeYet says:

    @aangus: I figured 30 replies were going to show up before I hit Submit. That’s usually what happens. :-)


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    Jamie says:

    The US GS site mentioned is great. There is a great iPhone app as well, but I left mine elsewhere tonight, and can’t remember the name. It has a very obvious, ugly icon.

    And yes, as that might imply, I’m a Bay Arayan, here to optimize your society in a variety of pleasing earth tones.

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    aangus says:

    Here’s a list of all the aftershocks.

    Just drag the map down to Chile & zoom in.


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    🍀 Martin says:

    Let’s just hope the US isn’t trying to secure any nuclear material in the middle of this one.

    When my grandkids read their history books, Obama’s biggest foreign policy legacy is going to be on securing nuclear material, something most people today aren’t even aware is happening.

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    Heliopause says:

    What is the tsunami risk? How long from the earthquake until the waves hit the coast? Where else will it go? Red Cross links?

    Just make peace with your Maker now and be grateful we’ve been spared the next two election cycles.

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    DougJ says:

    Sounds like everyone is ok! Phew!

    There’s a few people I know down there and I’d love to go sometime.

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    Jose Arcadia Buendia says:

    @mainsailset: that was the aftershock. The main quake was 9.0

  21. 21
    Mart says:

    @CaseyL: The BBC reported that the USA has lots of earthquakes but they take precuations in an half-assed manner based on grandfathered state and local regulations because the USA has more freedom than Commie Che Chile.

  22. 22
    Suzanne says:

    Chile has a hardcore seismic building code and they enforce it seriously. After the horrible Haiti earthquake, which wasn’t that strong, a much more severe earthquake happened in Chile and the loss of life and damage was very small, because they Do Not Fuck Around.

    Wish I could get my clients to understand that.

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    mtiffany says:

    @polyorchnid octopunch: Yes, the Tohoku quake of 2011 was a 9.0.

  24. 24
    🍀 Martin says:

    @Mart: Fuck Chile. When earthquakes rear their head and come into the air space of the United States of America, what– what do we do? We exercise our 2nd amendment rights and shoot them right down. We don’t dilly-dally and wait for them to knock over our buildings and knock up our daughters – we take action!

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    Mnemosyne says:


    Yep — they’re here with us Californians in the Ring of Fire.

  26. 26
    Mart says:

    @Suzanne: Wish I could get my clients to understand that.

    Me too.

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    JR in WV says:

    Watching the USGS page thru time is scary. The earth ringing like a bell. On Android you can just tab down the list and see the events on the map, 1 after the other, after…

    I’m glad they have strict quake building standards… Hope the smaller towns and rural folks’ homes can stand up to all that movement.

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    Howard Beale IV says:

    @DougJ: Latest reports say 5 dead.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Howard Beale IV:

    For comparison, about 60 people died in the 1994 Northridge earthquake here in Los Angeles, which was a 6.7. Given the strict building codes in Chile and California, I would expect a similar death toll — possibly less since we learned a lot of things from Northridge that other earthquake-prone locations adopted.

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    🍀 Martin says:

    @Mnemosyne: Northridge was unusually damaging for its size, mainly because it was on a blind thrust fault and recorded an unusually high ground acceleration. Effectively it lifted everything straight up and then dropped it. Had it been on a slip fault it would have caused much less damage, mainly because our building codes (were) focused almost exclusively on lateral motion, and not on vertical motion.

    The Kobe earthquake, almost exactly the same size almost exactly a year later killed 6,000 people, mostly due to failed buildings built to post-war codes. The buildings built to newer codes held up very well.

    It’ll depend a lot on the nature of the quake and the age of the structures. And this quake was 40mi off-shore, unlike Northridge or Kobe or Haiti which were directly under structures, the quake magnitude where structures are in Chile should be quite a bit less. Like Japan, the tsunami is probably the biggest threat.

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    jak says:

    Did You Feel It?


    If you experience an earthquake you can fill out a questionnaire.

  32. 32
    Tractarian says:

    I’m actually personally shocked that I called the country Chile. Robitussin 1- Cole 0.


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    TG Chicago says:

    @Tractarian: Only Cole could misspell his misspelling. Judging by the URL of this post, I’m guessing he originally spelled it “Chili”.

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    sharkiesha says:

    Did you feel like you were going to die…….what were your thoughts at the time?????????????????

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