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Chileans worry over string of 300 quakes in north
myfoxny.com ^ | Mar 25, 2014 5:51 AM PDT

Posted on 03/25/2014 9:44:33 PM PDT by BenLurkin

"The situation is out of the ordinary. There's a mix of a string of tremors and their aftershocks that make things more complex to evaluate," Mario Pardo, deputy head of the Universidad de Chile seismology center, told the local newspaper La Tercera. "We can't rule out a larger quake."

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The last recorded big quake to hit the northern area around Iquique was a devastating magnitude-8.3 in 1877. It unleashed a 24-meter-high (nearly 80-foot-high) tsunami, causing major damage along the Chile-Peru coast and fatalities as far away as Hawaii and Japan.

"The latest string of quakes is noteworthy because the last one happened in this seismic zone more than 130 years ago," said Paulina Gonzalez, an expert on seismic analysis at the Universidad de Santiago. "It's a zone where quakes should happen more often, and they haven't in a very long time."

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Chile's worrisome seismic activity can be traced to just off the country's 4,000-kilometer (2,500-mile) Pacific coast, where the Nazca tectonic plate plunges beneath the South American plate, pushing the towering Andes cordillera to ever-higher altitudes. The 2010 quake released so much energy it shortened the Earth's day slightly by changing the planet's rotation.

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1 posted on 03/25/2014 9:44:33 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

I never thought much about quakes very much, even though I spent most of my life next to the New Madrid fault.
Since the big mag. 8 quake, early this year, here in the Philippines, I now know to keep abreast of quakes on a daily basis.
http://www.phivolcs.dost.gov.ph/html/update_SOEPD/EQLatest.html
There are a number of quakes most every day, even though we do not feel them.
One can sign up for the USGS notifications that cover the world.
https://sslearthquake.usgs.gov/ens/


2 posted on 03/25/2014 10:20:31 PM PDT by AlexW
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To: AlexW

Drill Baby, Drill!

Baby


3 posted on 03/25/2014 10:26:24 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: BenLurkin

One of the commenters had a great line.

“It’s Bush’s FAULT”.


4 posted on 03/26/2014 12:24:34 AM PDT by staytrue
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To: AlexW

I hate ‘em. Glad that you came through that 8 pointer okay.

(Have never felt one that big, and hope I never do!)


5 posted on 03/26/2014 6:25:09 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: AlexW

Must be caused by all the fracking going on down there!


6 posted on 03/26/2014 7:28:41 AM PDT by dearolddad (/i>)
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To: dearolddad

I think the quakes down there are being caused by the fracking going on up here...I say we blame Bush


7 posted on 03/26/2014 7:30:25 AM PDT by halo66
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To: BenLurkin
I've seen documentaries that say that of all the dangerous earthquake zones of the world the Pacific Coast of Chile is,by far,the *most* dangerous.They went on to say that huge earthquakes have occurred there over the earth's history and more are *sure* to occur.
8 posted on 03/26/2014 10:26:16 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Stalin Blamed The Kulaks,Obama Blames The Tea Party)
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