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Chile Earthquake Among Strongest Since 1900
VOA News ^ | Saturday, February 27, 2010 | VOA Staff

Posted on 02/27/2010 11:47:09 AM PST by Star Traveler

Chile Earthquake Among Strongest Since 1900

VOA News
27 February 2010


Cars are seen overturned and stuck at a collapsed road in
northern Santiago, Chile, 27 Feb 2010



Based on U.S. Geological Survey figures, Saturday's 8.8-magnitude earthquake in Chile could rank as one of the most powerful in history.

If the magnitude of the Chilean earthquake stands, it would be tied as the fifth-strongest earthquake recorded since 1900, when records were first kept.  An earthquake off the coast of Ecuador in 1906 also was recorded to have a magnitude of 8.8.

The most powerful earthquake recorded also occurred in Chile, in 1960.  It had a magnitude of 9.5.  In southern Chile alone, that earthquake killed approximately 1,655 people, left about two million homeless, and caused $550 million in damage.

The strongest earthquake in recent years - and the third strongest since 1900 - was a magnitude 9.1 earthquake off the coast of Sumatra in 2004. That quake spawned the tsunami that killed almost 228,000 people in South Asia.

The 1960 Chile earthquake generated a tsunami that caused 61 deaths and $75 million of damage in Hawaii, 138 deaths and $50 million damage in Japan, and another 32 dead and missing in the Philippines.  It also caused $500,000 in damage on the west coast of the United States.

Paul Caruso of the National Earthquake information Center tells VOA that seismologists began recording earthquake magnitude in 1925, and applied those measurements to modern earthquakes dating back to 1900.

Throughout history, the most powerful earthquakes have not necessarily been the deadliest.  The deadliest earthquake of modern times was recorded in 1556 in central China.  More than 830,000 people were reported killed in that quake, which had an estimated magnitude of 8.


TOPICS: Extended News; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: chile; chileearthquake; chileearthquake2010; earthquake; usgs

1 posted on 02/27/2010 11:47:09 AM PST by Star Traveler
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To: Star Traveler

More ammo for the junk science “experts” to prove that global warming is “worse than expected”. LOL!


2 posted on 02/27/2010 11:53:24 AM PST by FlingWingFlyer ("Suitcase Jake" RIP 02-25-10. You were one of a kind good buddy!)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Bush’s fault....globull warming. Cheney, Blackwater, Halliburton, ROVE. Have I covered it all?


3 posted on 02/27/2010 11:58:27 AM PST by shankbear (Al-Qaeda grew while Monica blew)
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To: Star Traveler
Dear Heavenly Father, please be with all who are involved with the earthquake and its repercussions. In Jesus’ Holy Name, Amen.
4 posted on 02/27/2010 12:09:25 PM PST by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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Tsunami hits Chile as Pacific Basin braces for impact

TALEK HARRIS
February 28, 2010 - 6:49AM

A tsunami crashed into Chile's coast Saturday in a potential portent of disaster across the vast Pacific Ocean as nations went on alert for towering waves generated by a killer earthquake.

The ominous sound of evacuation sirens blared in Hawaii and French Polynesia as a tsunami raced around the Pacific's "Ring of Fire" after the 8.8-magnitude quake in Chile, which left at least 122 people dead.

About 50 countries and territories along an arc stretching from New Zealand to Japan were braced for immensely powerful waves, not long after the fifth anniversary of the Indian Ocean disaster that killed more than 220,000 people.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, set up by Pacific governments after a tsunami unleashed by a 9.5-magnitude earthquake in Chile in 1960, warned of possible "widespread damage" from waves as high as three metres (nine feet).

"We could be looking at an all-day event," US National Weather Service meteorologist Eric Lau told AFP in Washington, as officials warned that the US and Canadian west coasts could also be hit.

"It will stop once it hits the land masses on the other side of the Pacific, in Asia. The wave is spread out across the entire body of water in the Pacific."

Authorities in the US state of Hawaii, where the warning centre is based, urged residents to take the threat seriously.

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More at the link...

5 posted on 02/27/2010 12:09:31 PM PST by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: skr

Amen to that...


6 posted on 02/27/2010 12:10:02 PM PST by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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Bay Area tsunami advisory: Officials warn people to stay away from beaches

By Doug Jastrow
djastrow@bayareanewsgroup.com
Posted: 02/27/2010 11:27:48 AM PST
Updated: 02/27/2010 11:54:37 AM PST

Local officials are closing beaches and warning California residents to off piers and jetties after the National Weather Service announced a tsunami advisory following the massive 8.8 magnitude earthquake in Chile.

Devastating waves aren't expected to hit the California coast, but officials don't want to take any chances.

Diana Henderson, a forecaster with the National Weather Service, said an advisory is issued when waves are expected to increase in height by less than a meter. She said waves predicted to be about two and a half feet higher than usual are expected to hit the Bay Area coastline around 1:30 p.m.

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Beaches in San Mateo and Marin counties are also closed in anticipation of the potentially hazardous waves. San Mateo County officials are alerting people to stay out of the water and away from the coast.

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There have been six tsunamis large enough to cause significant damage along the coast of California over the past 200 years, according to Gary Griggs, Santa Cruz Sentinel columnist and director of the Institute of Marine Sciences and Long Marine Laboratory at UC Santa Cruz.

In that period, 16 people died as a result of the tsunamis; one of the deaths was in Santa Cruz. On April 1, 1946, a man drowned while walking along Cowell Beach when water rose 15 feet above normal quickly from a large earthquake in the Aleutian Trench off Alaska, according to Griggs.

Crescent City on the North Coast was hit hard by a tsunami from the huge Alaskan earthquake of 1964. Water levels rose 8 feet, and much of the low-lying downtown area was inundated as waves washed 2,000 feet inland, drowning 11 people and destroying 150 businesses, according to Griggs.

In Santa Cruz, water levels at the harbor surged 11 feet. A 38-foot boat and a dredge sunk.

More at the link...

7 posted on 02/27/2010 12:17:45 PM PST by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Yeah I was just wondering which Hollywood moron would be the first to blame this on global warming.


8 posted on 02/27/2010 12:35:56 PM PST by Eagleburger (Patriotically delicious)
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It's also possible for Oregon (and Washingon) to have a 9.0 to 10.0 magnitude earthquake, anytime in the near future. Anywhere from now to a few decades or so from now (of course, no one knows for sure when it will happen).... but it has happened with regularity before.

It wasn't until around the mid-90s that scientists began to realize that Oregon could have something that big...


9.0 Oregon Earthquake in 1700

January 27, 2009 | Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Resources The Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Resources has an interesting .pdf document on their website that describes a 9.0 earthquake on the Cascadia Subduction Zone. Here is a quote…. “Scientific research in Oregon, Washington and Japan tells us that at 9:00 PM on January 26th, 1700 AD, a magnitude 9.0 earthquake, centered about 75 miles offshore, ruptured along a 600 mile long fault, running from Northern California to Southern British Columbia, causing untold damage and destruction to the Pacific Northwest coast and the Native American tribal communities that made the coast their home.”

9 posted on 02/27/2010 12:42:47 PM PST by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: Star Traveler
RSOE EDIS

The maps are interactive. Plus there is info on other events and alerts.

Hope people heed the warnings and don't go out hoping to catch a big wave. They might catch their death.

10 posted on 02/27/2010 12:49:53 PM PST by bigheadfred (BE WHO YOU ARE. SAY WHAT YOU FEEL. Those who matter don't mind.Those who mind don't matter)
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To: shankbear
Bush’s fault....globull warming. Cheney, Blackwater, Halliburton, ROVE. Have I covered it all?

You left out Biblical End Times, "...earthquakes in divvers places...," DOOOOOM!

11 posted on 02/27/2010 12:51:12 PM PST by ApplegateRanch (I think not, therefore I don't exist!)
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Totally Crappy Research as Ususal!

The biggest quake since 1900 was a 9.5 quake in 1960 in .....Chile!!

Don't these reporters know how to google? Sheesh!!!

12 posted on 02/27/2010 12:53:04 PM PST by CWW (Palin & Jindal in 2012!!)
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To: bigheadfred
You were saying ...

Hope people heed the warnings and don't go out hoping to catch a big wave. They might catch their death.

Yep, on the Oregon beaches, it doesn't even have to be some kind of tsunami, it can be just one of those rogue waves and they've tossed logs up onto people and/or into the parking lots and either injured or killed people.

It doesn't take much... even if this happens to be a slight tsunami...

In Oregon, people are always told to never turn their backs on the ocean and to keep an eye out... :-)

13 posted on 02/27/2010 12:54:53 PM PST by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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You were saying ...

Totally Crappy Research as Ususal!

The biggest quake since 1900 was a 9.5 quake in 1960 in .....Chile!!

LOL..., I think the title to this article is ....

Chile Earthquake Among Strongest Since 1900

And even in the article itself, it mentions what you just said...

If the magnitude of the Chilean earthquake stands, it would be tied as the fifth-strongest earthquake recorded since 1900, when records were first kept.  An earthquake off the coast of Ecuador in 1906 also was recorded to have a magnitude of 8.8.

The most powerful earthquake recorded also occurred in Chile, in 1960.  It had a magnitude of 9.5.  In southern Chile alone, that earthquake killed approximately 1,655 people, left about two million homeless, and caused $550 million in damage.

I'm not sure what research, as you say, they weren't doing... :-) ...

14 posted on 02/27/2010 12:59:33 PM PST by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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You were saying ...

You left out Biblical End Times, "...earthquakes in divvers places...," DOOOOOM!

If you had been keeping up with Biblical prophecies, concerning these "end of the last days"... you would have known that these kinds of major earthquakes are the ones that happen during the Tribulation time, at which time even the major cities of the world will be "taken down"... and we're not anywhere near that with these ...

We're not in the Tribulation time, that last 7 years before Jesus, the Messiah of Israel's return to earth.

When that comes about (i.e., being in the Tribulation time) then you'll see those happening.

In the meantime, there are articles by those who are familiar with Biblical prophecies who discount this kind of idea (that you're talking about) as happening prior to the Tribulation...

Of course..., we could start talking about all those other kinds of people (who don't have anything to do with the Bible at all...) who are claiming that the Mayan calendar predicts our demise by 2012... LOL...

15 posted on 02/27/2010 1:04:30 PM PST by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: Star Traveler

Came up to Lincoln City and area for 10 days last summer. 20th Anniversary. Really enjoyed it. I seen whales. I was so excited!


16 posted on 02/27/2010 1:14:37 PM PST by bigheadfred (BE WHO YOU ARE. SAY WHAT YOU FEEL. Those who matter don't mind.Those who mind don't matter)
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Ahh..., that’s cool. :-)

I see you’re from Idaho, so that’s quite a change in scenery..., once you get across the Cascade Range...


17 posted on 02/27/2010 1:28:03 PM PST by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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18 posted on 02/27/2010 1:38:48 PM PST by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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19 posted on 02/27/2010 1:39:30 PM PST by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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20 posted on 02/27/2010 1:40:34 PM PST by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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21 posted on 02/27/2010 1:42:57 PM PST by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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22 posted on 02/27/2010 1:44:10 PM PST by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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23 posted on 02/27/2010 1:45:53 PM PST by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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24 posted on 02/27/2010 1:51:06 PM PST by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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concerning these "end of the last days"... you would have known that these kinds of major earthquakes are the ones that happen during the Tribulation time, at which time even the major cities of the world will be "taken down"... and we're not anywhere near that with these ...

Exactly...but that doesn't stop certain posters from typically posting it. The post I was replying to was listing the usual inane "reasons" for such, and that's what my reply was about.

Everytime there's a major quake, those posts/posters show up.

25 posted on 02/27/2010 1:52:46 PM PST by ApplegateRanch (I think not, therefore I don't exist!)
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26 posted on 02/27/2010 1:52:51 PM PST by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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Don't forget the kitchen sink (or even the bathroom one... )

27 posted on 02/27/2010 1:55:47 PM PST by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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Cascade Range

Mt. Hood sticking up into the stratosphere is impressive. It is different on the Coast. We live in Southeast Idaho and it is varied. A short drive to the sand dunes. The Grand Tetons. Lots of good fishing, hunting (if you're into that). Rock hunting. And Yellowstone. If it blows, it was nice knowing ya. :-) We did go see the giant redwoods a couple of years ago. Being a carpenter/cabinetmaker seeing those enormous trees. I was so excited. :-)

28 posted on 02/27/2010 2:05:03 PM PST by bigheadfred (BE WHO YOU ARE. SAY WHAT YOU FEEL. Those who matter don't mind.Those who mind don't matter)
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The following article from the Institute of Creation Research, regarding earthquakes that we have seen and have been recorded, copied and printed in a Christian website, by Lambert Dolphin.



EARTHQUAKES AND THE END TIMES: A GEOLOGICAL AND BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVE

Steven A. Austin and Mark L. Strauss*

Institute for Creation Research, PO Box 2667, El Cajon, CA 92021
Voice: (619) 448-0900 FAX: (619) 448-3469

(Unpublished manuscript of January 14, 1999. These authors published a simplified,
less technical version of this paper in 1999 under the title "Are Earthquakes Signs of the End Times?:
A Geological and Biblical Response to an Urban Legend,"
Christian Research Journal, vol. 21, no. 4, pp. 30-39.)

(From: http://www.icr.org/research/sa/sa-r06.htm)



Our primary concern is with the first part of the discourse, where Jesus warns against being deceived by false christs or being alarmed at wars, rumors of wars, famines and earthquakes:

And Jesus answered and said to them, "See to it that no one misleads you. For many will come in My name, saying, 'I am the Christ,' and will mislead many. You will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and in various places there will be famines and earthquakes. But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs." (Matt. 24:4-8)

Among dispensationalists there are two main interpretations of these verses. As we shall see, neither confirms that earthquakes will increase as the present Church age draws to a close.

(1) Some dispensationalists see the whole of the Olivet Discourse as relating to the tribulation period. Verses 4-8 are usually said to concern the disturbances of the first half of the tribulation while verses 9-26 concern the second half - the Great Tribulation.53 Evidence for this is claimed in the similarity between the events described in verses 4-8 and those associated with the seven seals of Revelation 6.54 For advocates of this view, the earthquakes identified in verses 7-8 are not part of the present Church age, but rather the tribulation period. In this case, even if the birth image in verse 8 were to indicate an increase in earthquakes (which is not necessary - see discussion below), this increase occurs during the tribulation, not during the present Church age. Present (Church age) data concerning earthquake frequency has little or no bearing on the text.

(2) Other dispensationalists (as well as many non-dispensationalists) claim that verses 4-8 (or verses 4-14) concern not the tribulation period, but general signs which are characteristic of the present age. Lewis Sperry Chafer wrote that the events described in verses 4-8 "are the characteristics of the unforeseen intervening or intercalary age"55 - that is, the Church age. John Walvoord similarly affirms that "verses 4-14 are general prophecies that can find fulfillment throughout the present age, with verses 15-30 fulfilled in the Great Tribulation."56 He adds, however, that these former events "are repeated in the Great Tribulation when what was perhaps partially fulfilled earlier then have a very literal and devastating fulfillment."57 The primary evidence that verses 4-14 are signs characteristic of the present age are their general nature and the fact that Jesus identifies them as events which do not indicate the end ("but that is not yet the end") and so should not provoke apocalyptic fervor ("see that you are not alarmed").

[ an excerpt, see the link for complete article ... ]



Figure 1. Global frequency of the largest earthquakes during the twentieth century. Graph (a) shows the frequency of M 7.0 earthquakes during the entire century (1960 events). Graph (b) shows the frequency of M 6.5 earthquakes after 1930 (4593 events). In both plots a general decrease in earthquake frequency is evident through the twentieth century.



Table 1. Numbers of M 6.0 earthquakes worldwide in the twentieth century. The numbers of earthquakes reported in the National Geophysical Data Center file called "1900.EQ" greatly exceed those reported by Hal Lindsey from his unspecified U.S. Geological Survey source.

29 posted on 02/27/2010 2:21:16 PM PST by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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Incredible pix

Prayers :(


30 posted on 02/27/2010 2:54:26 PM PST by happinesswithoutpeace (We are unable to transmit through conscious neural interference.)
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To: Star Traveler

What's next -- and where?

31 posted on 02/27/2010 4:17:15 PM PST by M. Espinola (Freedom is never "free")
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You were asking ...

What's next -- and where?

Well..., I could suggest a place... off the Oregon or Washington coast... a 9.0 to a 10.0 earthquake... the Cascadia Subduction Zone... (it's about due...).

32 posted on 02/27/2010 4:20:08 PM PST by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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Ahhh; one finally showed up, but not here; follow the link, and cringe.

Ay, caramba!

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2460888/posts

One must rightly divide the Word, and this is more a chop-job.

Does nothing but bring ridicule upon both believers and the Wrod itself.

As my pastor loves to say, "more often than not, when somebody sees the clouds form a great 'G. P.' in the sky, it means either, 'go plow', or 'get planting'; NOT 'go preach!'"

33 posted on 02/27/2010 10:59:20 PM PST by ApplegateRanch (I think not, therefore I don't exist!)
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You were saying ...

Ahhh; one finally showed up, but not here; follow the link, and cringe.

I see it, and thanks for calling my attention to it. I'll be "ramping up" another thread to address this one, and will post on the thread that you referenced.

I suspect that some (and/or many) won't like some of my responses, but that's the way it goes on Free Republic, sometimes.

You'll hear from me on that other thread, as soon as I get some rest here, and then get back to it again... :-)

34 posted on 02/28/2010 2:37:07 AM PST by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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Yes, the Oregon or Washington coast has had recent swarms of earthquakes as of late. Alaska is another location very prone to serious seismic jolts.

I believe Tokyo and Yokohama are unfortunately going suffer the destructive and economically disrupting effects of their version of the 'big one', similar to the Great Kanto Quake of 1923 (below). When is the question.


35 posted on 02/28/2010 7:36:07 AM PST by M. Espinola (Freedom is never "free")
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My wife was wondering if we would be next. I’m in central Mo. and the New Madrid fault is lurking out there.


36 posted on 02/28/2010 7:39:12 AM PST by painter (No wonder democrats don't mind taxes.THEY DON'T PAY THEM !)
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