Saturday, February 27, 2010

Massive Earthquake Hits Chile

A massive earthquake has struck in Chile.

From the New York Times:

A powerful 8.8-magnitude earthquake struck Chile early Saturday, shaking the capital of Santiago for 90 seconds and sending tsunami warnings along much of the Pacific basin.

Chile’s TVN cable news channel was reporting 122 deaths, with the toll expected to rise, as communications were still spotty around the center of quake, near the city of ConcepciĆ³n in the south. Chile President Michelle Bachelet declared a “state of catastrophe" . . . .

The quake downed buildings and houses in Santiago and knocked out a major bridge connecting the northern and southern sections of the country.

It struck at 3:34 a.m. local time and was centered about 200 miles southwest of Santiago, at a depth of 22 miles, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. The epicenter was some 70 miles from Concepcion, Chile’s second-largest city, where more than 200,000 people live.

Phone lines were down in Concepcion as of 7:30 a.m. and no reports were coming out of that area. The quake in Chile was more powerful than the magnitude 7.0 earthquake that caused widespread damage in Haiti on Jan 12, killing at least 230,000, earthquake experts reported on CNN International.

8 comments:

LETICIA said...

Is Pat Robertson going to blame this one on a pact with Satan too?

Darren Lenard Hutchinson said...

You know, Leticia, I was wondering that too! Maybe it's because they have a "lady" for president.

Elizabeth said...

My thoughts this morning, too.

I'm also reminded of Newt Gingrich advocating investigations into the "failure of citizenship" among the victims of Katrina -- you know, those poor people who got themselves killed, maimed, and dispossessed through their failure to become rich and aquire proper means of escape before the hurricane struck.

Compassionate conservatism has no limits. Also, no shame. Or humanity.

Elizabeth said...

Nor compassion, but that goes without saying.

BTW, it's acquire. Duh.

Darren Lenard Hutchinson said...

Newt, Newt, Newt. Awful. Still no word from Pat. Maybe he's waiting to see what happens in Hawaii. Then he can blame it all on Obama.

LETICIA said...

Darren: I'm sure Pat's on his private line to God so he can make sure he blames the right group of already maligned people. Or maybe he just throws a dart at a some sort of bigotry board.

Elizabeth said...

Leticia: LOL!

I suspect God no longer takes calls from Pat, so it must be the bigotry board.

Darren Lenard Hutchinson said...

Bigotry Board!!!!!!!!

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