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Chile Earthquake Kills 122 And Triggers Tsunami
London Times ^ | February 27, 2010 | Robin Henry

Posted on 02/27/2010 9:42:49 AM PST by Steelfish

February 27, 2010 Chile Earthquake Kills 122 And Triggers Tsunami

Robin Henry

A massive earthquake has hit the coast of Chile, killing scores of people, flattening buildings and triggering a tsunami.

The 8.8-magnitude quake, the country’s largest in 25 years, shook the capital Santiago for a minute and half at 3:34am (6:34am GMT) today.

A tsunami warning has been extended across 53 countries, including most of Central and South America and as far as Australia, Hawaii and Antarctica.

The wave has already caused serious damage to the sparsely populated Juan Fernandez islands, off the Santiago coast, and is now travelling across the ocean at several hundred km per hour.

The death toll in Chile has reached 122 but is not expected to rise dramatically, the director of the national emergency office said.

President Michelle Bachelet has declared a “state of catastrophe” in the country. Calling for calm from an emergency response centre, the outgoing president said: “We have had a huge earthquake, with some aftershocks.

“Despite this, the system is functioning. People should remain calm. We’re doing everything we can with all the forces we have. Any information we will share immediately.”

The quake hit near the town of Maule, 200 miles southwest of Santiago, at a depth of 22 miles underground.

The epicentre was just 70 miles from Concepcion, Chile’s second-largest city, where more than 200,000 people live along the Bio Bio river.

In Santiago buildings collapsed and phone lines and electricity were brought down, but the full extent of the damage is still being determined.

(Excerpt) Read more at timesonline.co.uk ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: chile; chileearthquake; deathtoll; earthquake

1 posted on 02/27/2010 9:42:49 AM PST by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish

22 miles underground...

Yep, Global warm... uhhh, I mean Man-made climate change at work.

Either that or Bush/Cheney are at their shenanigans of killing people of color again...


2 posted on 02/27/2010 9:45:00 AM PST by J40000
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To: J40000

Global Warming. Where’s Gore?


3 posted on 02/27/2010 9:50:59 AM PST by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish
“Despite this, the system is functioning."

Uh oh, where have I heard this before? It's never a good sign when a politician says this anywhere in the world.

I worked in Concepcion, Chile 30 years ago. Chile is my favorite country in South America. Great people. Prayers with the Chilenos.

4 posted on 02/27/2010 9:58:05 AM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Steelfish

No not Global Warming.
VooDoo. We all know how rampant VooDoo is in Chile


5 posted on 02/27/2010 10:02:08 AM PST by NavyCanDo (Palin 2012 Teleprompter Not Required)
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To: Steelfish

Prayers for the victims


6 posted on 02/27/2010 10:16:41 AM PST by pandoraou812 (Alcohol/drug/dementia testing & term limits ought to be mandatory for politicians.)
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