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M8.0 - 79km WNW of Iquique, Chile
USGS ^ | 1 April 2014

Posted on 04/01/2014 4:59:28 PM PDT by Errant

Very shallow at 10km! Offshore...

(Excerpt) Read more at earthquake.usgs.gov ...


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KEYWORDS: chile; earthquake; iquigue; quake; temblor; usgs
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Seismotectonics of South America (Nazca Plate Region)

The South American arc extends over 7,000 km, from the Chilean margin triple junction offshore of southern Chile to its intersection with the Panama fracture zone, offshore of the southern coast of Panama in Central America. It marks the plate boundary between the subducting Nazca plate and the South America plate, where the oceanic crust and lithosphere of the Nazca plate begin their descent into the mantle beneath South America. The convergence associated with this subduction process is responsible for the uplift of the Andes Mountains, and for the active volcanic chain present along much of this deformation front. Relative to a fixed South America plate, the Nazca plate moves slightly north of eastwards at a rate varying from approximately 80 mm/yr in the south to approximately 65 mm/yr in the north. Although the rate of subduction varies little along the entire arc, there are complex changes in the geologic processes along the subduction zone that dramatically influence volcanic activity, crustal deformation, earthquake generation and occurrence all along the western edge of South America.

1 posted on 04/01/2014 4:59:28 PM PDT by Errant
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To: winoneforthegipper; machogirl; The Cajun

EQ Ping


2 posted on 04/01/2014 5:00:24 PM PDT by Errant (Surround yourself with intelligent and industrious people who help and support each other.)
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To: Errant

I think we’d have to expect some sort of Tsuanami warning with this one.


3 posted on 04/01/2014 5:01:28 PM PDT by txhurl
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To: Errant

Tsunami to follow?


4 posted on 04/01/2014 5:02:06 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: Errant

An 8? Dang, that is big!


5 posted on 04/01/2014 5:03:55 PM PDT by Repeal The 17th (We have met the enemy and he is us.)
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To: txhurl

Wow, an 8—that’s a big one.


6 posted on 04/01/2014 5:04:00 PM PDT by House Atreides
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To: txhurl
I think we’d have to expect some sort of Tsuanami warning with this one.

Let's hope there won't be horrendous destruction, with everything going on sounds like playin their Johnny Cash to damn loud. And yes a warning has been posted.

7 posted on 04/01/2014 5:06:22 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: MHGinTN; txhurl

Agree, this one should generate a pretty decent tsunami. Depending on location and direction of movement of course.


8 posted on 04/01/2014 5:06:23 PM PDT by Errant (Surround yourself with intelligent and industrious people who help and support each other.)
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To: Errant

Apparently 8s are common there and do produce tsunamis, but in the past not very newsworthy ones I guess.


9 posted on 04/01/2014 5:06:35 PM PDT by rwfromkansas ("Carve your name on hearts, not marble." - C.H. Spurgeon)
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To: Errant

M 7.7 Earthquake
83km NW of Iquique, Chile
15 min ago — U.S. Geological Survey


10 posted on 04/01/2014 5:06:40 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: MHGinTN

TSUNAMI BULLETIN NUMBER 001
PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER/NOAA/NWS
ISSUED AT 2355Z 01 APR 2014

THIS BULLETIN APPLIES TO AREAS WITHIN AND BORDERING THE PACIFIC
OCEAN AND ADJACENT SEAS...EXCEPT ALASKA...BRITISH COLUMBIA...
WASHINGTON...OREGON AND CALIFORNIA.

... A TSUNAMI WARNING AND WATCH ARE IN EFFECT ...

A TSUNAMI WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR

CHILE / PERU / ECUADOR

A TSUNAMI WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR

COLOMBIA / PANAMA / COSTA RICA

FOR ALL OTHER AREAS COVERED BY THIS BULLETIN... IT IS FOR
INFORMATION ONLY AT THIS TIME.

THIS BULLETIN IS ISSUED AS ADVICE TO GOVERNMENT AGENCIES. ONLY
NATIONAL AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT AGENCIES HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO MAKE
DECISIONS REGARDING THE OFFICIAL STATE OF ALERT IN THEIR AREA AND
ANY ACTIONS TO BE TAKEN IN RESPONSE.

AN EARTHQUAKE HAS OCCURRED WITH THESE PRELIMINARY PARAMETERS

ORIGIN TIME - 2347Z 01 APR 2014
COORDINATES - 19.8 SOUTH 70.8 WEST
DEPTH - 10 KM
LOCATION - NEAR THE COAST OF NORTHERN CHILE
MAGNITUDE - 8.0

EVALUATION

IT IS NOT KNOWN THAT A TSUNAMI WAS GENERATED. THIS WARNING IS
BASED ONLY ON THE EARTHQUAKE EVALUATION. AN EARTHQUAKE OF THIS
SIZE HAS THE POTENTIAL TO GENERATE A DESTRUCTIVE TSUNAMI THAT CAN
STRIKE COASTLINES NEAR THE EPICENTER WITHIN MINUTES AND MORE
DISTANT COASTLINES WITHIN HOURS. AUTHORITIES SHOULD TAKE
APPROPRIATE ACTION IN RESPONSE TO THIS POSSIBILITY. THIS CENTER
WILL MONITOR SEA LEVEL DATA FROM GAUGES NEAR THE EARTHQUAKE TO
DETERMINE IF A TSUNAMI WAS GENERATED AND ESTIMATE THE SEVERITY OF
THE THREAT.

ESTIMATED INITIAL TSUNAMI WAVE ARRIVAL TIMES AT FORECAST POINTS
WITHIN THE WARNING AND WATCH AREAS ARE GIVEN BELOW. ACTUAL
ARRIVAL TIMES MAY DIFFER AND THE INITIAL WAVE MAY NOT BE THE
LARGEST. A TSUNAMI IS A SERIES OF WAVES AND THE TIME BETWEEN
SUCCESSIVE WAVES CAN BE FIVE MINUTES TO ONE HOUR.

LOCATION FORECAST POINT COORDINATES ARRIVAL TIME
———————————————— —————— ——————
CHILE IQUIQUE 20.2S 289.9E 0002Z 02 APR
ARICA 18.5S 289.7E 0011Z 02 APR
ANTOFAGASTA 23.3S 289.6E 0017Z 02 APR
CALDERA 27.1S 289.2E 0046Z 02 APR
COQUIMBO 29.9S 288.6E 0111Z 02 APR
VALPARAISO 33.0S 288.4E 0135Z 02 APR
TALCAHUANO 36.7S 286.9E 0219Z 02 APR
CORRAL 39.8S 286.5E 0251Z 02 APR
GOLFO_DE_PENAS 47.1S 285.1E 0403Z 02 APR
EASTER_ISLAND 27.1S 250.6E 0532Z 02 APR
PUERTO_MONTT 41.5S 287.0E 0546Z 02 APR
PERU MOLLENDO 17.1S 288.0E 0021Z 02 APR
SAN_JUAN 15.3S 284.8E 0039Z 02 APR
LA_PUNTA 12.1S 282.8E 0131Z 02 APR
TALARA 4.6S 278.5E 0218Z 02 APR
CHIMBOTE 9.0S 281.2E 0225Z 02 APR
PIMENTAL 6.9S 280.0E 0250Z 02 APR
ECUADOR LA_LIBERTAD 2.2S 278.8E 0239Z 02 APR
ESMERELDAS 1.2N 280.2E 0327Z 02 APR
BALTRA_ISLAND 0.5S 269.7E 0429Z 02 APR
COLOMBIA TUMACO 1.8N 281.1E 0346Z 02 APR
BAHIA_SOLANO 6.3N 282.6E 0417Z 02 APR
BUENAVENTURA 3.8N 282.8E 0433Z 02 APR
PANAMA PUERTO_PINA 7.4N 282.0E 0427Z 02 APR
PUNTA_MALA 7.5N 280.0E 0429Z 02 APR
PUNTA_BURICA 8.0N 277.1E 0441Z 02 APR
COSTA RICA CABO_MATAPALO 8.4N 276.7E 0441Z 02 APR
PUERTO_QUEPOS 9.4N 275.8E 0514Z 02 APR
CABO_SAN_ELENA 10.9N 274.0E 0531Z 02 APR

BULLETINS WILL BE ISSUED HOURLY OR SOONER IF CONDITIONS WARRANT.
THE TSUNAMI WARNING AND WATCH WILL REMAIN IN EFFECT UNTIL
FURTHER NOTICE.

THE U.S. NATIONAL TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER WILL ISSUE PRODUCTS
FOR ALASKA...BRITISH COLUMBIA...WASHINGTON...OREGON...CALIFORNIA.


11 posted on 04/01/2014 5:06:52 PM PDT by txhurl
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To: Repeal The 17th

Yep, big and shallow, but still 1/1000 of a mag 9 - IIRC.


12 posted on 04/01/2014 5:07:46 PM PDT by Errant (Surround yourself with intelligent and industrious people who help and support each other.)
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To: Errant

Nope. Each one count is a magnitude change of 10.
So 6 to 8 is 100 times difference.


13 posted on 04/01/2014 5:08:53 PM PDT by George from New England (escaped CT in 2006, now living north of Tampa)
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To: txhurl

Local tsunami watches at the link, maybe even to Hawaii. Looks like the threat could last something like six hours.


14 posted on 04/01/2014 5:08:57 PM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: txhurl

Uh oh


15 posted on 04/01/2014 5:09:15 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: jjotto

Western US Coast excluded, thank you Lord.


16 posted on 04/01/2014 5:09:47 PM PDT by txhurl
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21:13 | SHOA: Tsunami warning is for the entire coast of the country

21:12 | Attention! Onemi requests evacuate coastal areas of the country

21:11 | SHOA decreed tsunami warning for the coast of Chile

21:10 | Preliminarily, Seismology stood at 7.8 degrees Richter earthquake that hit the north.

http://www.cooperativa.cl/noticias/pais/sismos/terremoto-remecio-al-norte-del-pais/2014-04-01/210300.html


17 posted on 04/01/2014 5:10:49 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: Errant

I think it is:
a 9 is 10 times an 8
an 8 is ten times a 7
a 7 is ten times a 6
a 6 is ten times a 5
and so forth and so on.


18 posted on 04/01/2014 5:10:58 PM PDT by Repeal The 17th (We have met the enemy and he is us.)
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To: Errant

Yikes!


19 posted on 04/01/2014 5:11:05 PM PDT by Sub-Driver (Proud member of the Republican wing of the Republican Party)
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To: rwfromkansas

Depends on how much uplift occurred. It probably most likely a strike-slip which is the cause of most quakes in that area, same as our west coast. Under the right conditions, these can also generate tsunamis.


20 posted on 04/01/2014 5:12:43 PM PDT by Errant (Surround yourself with intelligent and industrious people who help and support each other.)
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To: George from New England

This same area had a bigger quake in 2010 and we’ve already forgotten about it, so I doubt serious tsunamis are generated in this region of the world.


21 posted on 04/01/2014 5:12:54 PM PDT by rwfromkansas ("Carve your name on hearts, not marble." - C.H. Spurgeon)
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To: rwfromkansas

I don’t think that quake was offshore, though... think Sumatra and Banda Aceh... which was later clocked at 8.9.


22 posted on 04/01/2014 5:14:53 PM PDT by txhurl
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To: Errant
Wonder if this is going to set up a tsunamis warning for Hawaii?
23 posted on 04/01/2014 5:15:04 PM PDT by The Cajun (tea party!!!, Sarah Palin, Mark Levin, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Louie Gohmert......Nuff said.)
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To: Errant

24 posted on 04/01/2014 5:15:13 PM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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21:18 | Bulletin SHOA: Tsunami and reached the coast of Pisagua

21:18 | Boletín del SHOA: Tsunami ya arribó a las costas de Pisagua


25 posted on 04/01/2014 5:16:18 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: txhurl

Oh. I thought it was, but I did read the site quick.


26 posted on 04/01/2014 5:16:36 PM PDT by rwfromkansas ("Carve your name on hearts, not marble." - C.H. Spurgeon)
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To: Errant

This quake was shallow. As I understand it, the more dangerous quakes occur deeper within the earth. Is that true?


27 posted on 04/01/2014 5:16:43 PM PDT by Veto! (Opinions freely dispensed as advice)
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To: rwfromkansas; All

Worth watching....

03:34 Terremoto en Chile (2011)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1862444/


28 posted on 04/01/2014 5:16:57 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statemeCLunkes for clunkersnt of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Cuttnhorse

ping


29 posted on 04/01/2014 5:17:57 PM PDT by null and void ( Everything evil in the world may not be Islamic but everything Islamic is evil.)
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To: All

21:21 | Autoridades llaman a evacuar con tranquilidad el borde costero

21:21 | Authorities call calmly evacuate the coastline

21:20 | Arica permanece sin servicio eléctrico

21:20 | Arica remains without electricity


30 posted on 04/01/2014 5:18:36 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

EVALUATION

SEA LEVEL READINGS INDICATE A TSUNAMI WAS GENERATED. IT MAY HAVE
BEEN DESTRUCTIVE ALONG COASTS NEAR THE EARTHQUAKE EPICENTER AND
COULD ALSO BE A THREAT TO MORE DISTANT COASTS. AUTHORITIES SHOULD
TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION IN RESPONSE TO THIS POSSIBILITY. THIS
CENTER WILL CONTINUE TO MONITOR SEA LEVEL DATA TO DETERMINE THE
EXTENT AND SEVERITY OF THE THREAT.

FOR ALL AREAS - WHEN NO MAJOR WAVES ARE OBSERVED FOR TWO HOURS
AFTER THE ESTIMATED TIME OF ARRIVAL OR DAMAGING WAVES HAVE NOT
OCCURRED FOR AT LEAST TWO HOURS THEN LOCAL AUTHORITIES CAN ASSUME
THE THREAT IS PASSED. DANGER TO BOATS AND COASTAL STRUCTURES CAN
CONTINUE FOR SEVERAL HOURS DUE TO RAPID CURRENTS. AS LOCAL
CONDITIONS CAN CAUSE A WIDE VARIATION IN TSUNAMI WAVE ACTION THE
ALL CLEAR DETERMINATION MUST BE MADE BY LOCAL AUTHORITIES.

ESTIMATED INITIAL TSUNAMI WAVE ARRIVAL TIMES AT FORECAST POINTS
WITHIN THE WARNING AND WATCH AREAS ARE GIVEN BELOW. ACTUAL
ARRIVAL TIMES MAY DIFFER AND THE INITIAL WAVE MAY NOT BE THE
LARGEST. A TSUNAMI IS A SERIES OF WAVES AND THE TIME BETWEEN
SUCCESSIVE WAVES CAN BE FIVE MINUTES TO ONE HOUR.

LOCATION FORECAST POINT COORDINATES ARRIVAL TIME
———————————————— —————— ——————
CHILE IQUIQUE 20.2S 289.9E 0002Z 02 APR
ARICA 18.5S 289.7E 0011Z 02 APR
ANTOFAGASTA 23.3S 289.6E 0017Z 02 APR
CALDERA 27.1S 289.2E 0046Z 02 APR
COQUIMBO 29.9S 288.6E 0111Z 02 APR
VALPARAISO 33.0S 288.4E 0135Z 02 APR
TALCAHUANO 36.7S 286.9E 0219Z 02 APR
CORRAL 39.8S 286.5E 0251Z 02 APR
GOLFO_DE_PENAS 47.1S 285.1E 0403Z 02 APR
EASTER_ISLAND 27.1S 250.6E 0532Z 02 APR
PUERTO_MONTT 41.5S 287.0E 0546Z 02 APR
PERU MOLLENDO 17.1S 288.0E 0021Z 02 APR
SAN_JUAN 15.3S 284.8E 0039Z 02 APR
LA_PUNTA 12.1S 282.8E 0131Z 02 APR
TALARA 4.6S 278.5E 0218Z 02 APR
CHIMBOTE 9.0S 281.2E 0225Z 02 APR
PIMENTAL 6.9S 280.0E 0250Z 02 APR
ECUADOR LA_LIBERTAD 2.2S 278.8E 0239Z 02 APR
ESMERELDAS 1.2N 280.2E 0327Z 02 APR
BALTRA_ISLAND 0.5S 269.7E 0429Z 02 APR
COLOMBIA TUMACO 1.8N 281.1E 0346Z 02 APR
BAHIA_SOLANO 6.3N 282.6E 0417Z 02 APR
BUENAVENTURA 3.8N 282.8E 0433Z 02 APR
PANAMA PUERTO_PINA 7.4N 282.0E 0427Z 02 APR
PUNTA_MALA 7.5N 280.0E 0429Z 02 APR
PUNTA_BURICA 8.0N 277.1E 0441Z 02 APR
COSTA RICA CABO_MATAPALO 8.4N 276.7E 0441Z 02 APR
PUERTO_QUEPOS 9.4N 275.8E 0514Z 02 APR
CABO_SAN_ELENA 10.9N 274.0E 0531Z 02 APR
NICARAGUA SAN_JUAN_DL_SUR 11.2N 274.1E 0557Z 02 APR
PUERTO_SANDINO 12.2N 273.2E 0609Z 02 APR
CORINTO 12.5N 272.8E 0609Z 02 APR

BULLETINS WILL BE ISSUED HOURLY OR SOONER IF CONDITIONS WARRANT.
THE TSUNAMI WARNING AND WATCH WILL REMAIN IN EFFECT UNTIL
FURTHER NOTICE.

THE U.S. NATIONAL TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER WILL ISSUE PRODUCTS
FOR ALASKA...BRITISH COLUMBIA...WASHINGTON...OREGON...CALIFORNIA.


31 posted on 04/01/2014 5:19:00 PM PDT by txhurl
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To: txhurl

Yep.

The west coast of Chile is actually about straight south of the east coast of the USA. Mexico is in the way!


32 posted on 04/01/2014 5:19:50 PM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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21:23 | Attention! SHOA evacuation decrees ALL the coastline of Chile


33 posted on 04/01/2014 5:20:40 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: Repeal The 17th

I believe a 7.1 is 10x stronger than a 7.0, etc.


34 posted on 04/01/2014 5:20:51 PM PDT by ImaGraftedBranch (...By reading this, you've collapsed my wave function. Thanks.)
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To: Repeal The 17th
Thanks, I had did have it wrong.. It's two numbers up that has 1,000 times the energy (so in this case, a mag 10 would be 1,000 times more powerful than an 8 - I think :-)):

"31.6227 to the power of 0 equals 1, 31.6227 to the power of 1 equals 31.6227 and 31.6227 to the power of 2 equals 1000. Therefore, an 8.0 on the Richter scale releases 31.6227 times more energy than a 7.0 and a 9.0 on the Richter scale releases 1000 times more energy than a 7.0. Thus, E \approx 6.3\times 10^4\times 10^{3M/2}\,"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richter_magnitude_scale

35 posted on 04/01/2014 5:21:39 PM PDT by Errant (Surround yourself with intelligent and industrious people who help and support each other.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Google earth shows a 6.7 very close to the same coordinates two weeks ago.


36 posted on 04/01/2014 5:23:24 PM PDT by mazda77
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To: jjotto

This may or may not explain the warming waters in the EPAC.. seismic shifting leading us to an El Nino.

Seismographers don’t seem to have a handle on this in terms of talking with emergency personnel in vulnerable areas.

But it’s only been 23 minutes.


37 posted on 04/01/2014 5:23:26 PM PDT by txhurl
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To: Straight Vermonter

FWIW webcams from Chilean beaches: http://www.meteosurfcanarias.com/webcams/new/beach-cams-country_chile.php


38 posted on 04/01/2014 5:25:49 PM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: Veto!
As I understand it, the more dangerous quakes occur deeper within the earth. Is that true?

No, the shallower, the more damage. This one occurred offshore which helps, especially if most of the shake/shift took place within the adjoining nazca plate.

39 posted on 04/01/2014 5:26:13 PM PDT by Errant (Surround yourself with intelligent and industrious people who help and support each other.)
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To: The Cajun

They are evaluating Hawaii..


40 posted on 04/01/2014 5:26:57 PM PDT by pollywog ("O Thou who changest not, abide with me.".......)
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01/04/2014 - 21:30
41 posted on 04/01/2014 5:28:40 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: Errant

Thanks, Errant. More damage at shallow depth makes sense.


42 posted on 04/01/2014 5:29:58 PM PDT by Veto! (Opinions freely dispensed as advice)
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To: Errant

bump


43 posted on 04/01/2014 5:31:44 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Play the 'Knockout Game' with someone owning a 9mm and you get what you deserve)
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To: The Cajun
Possible. From AP:

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- A powerful earthquake has struck in the Pacific off Chile's northern region, and authorities have ordered an evacuation of coastal areas in case of a tsunami. There are no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake had a preliminary magnitude of 8.0 and struck 61 miles (99 kilometers) northwest of Iquique, Chile, at 8:46 p.m. It hit in an area that has been rocked by numerous quakes over the past two weeks.

The latest tremor shook buildings in parts of the nearby nations of Bolivia and Peru.

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/L/LT_CHILE_EARTHQUAKE?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2014-04-01-20-17-03

If it shook buildings in Bolivia and Peru, it was a strong one.

44 posted on 04/01/2014 5:31:46 PM PDT by Errant (Surround yourself with intelligent and industrious people who help and support each other.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

5 and 6 ft waves... not so bad, so far, prayers...


45 posted on 04/01/2014 5:31:55 PM PDT by txhurl
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To: Errant

That is a major quake. I hope there is ample warning to all concerned if a tsunami forms.


46 posted on 04/01/2014 5:33:04 PM PDT by PghBaldy (12/14 - 930am -rampage begins... 12/15 - 1030am - Obama's advance team scouts photo-op locations.)
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To: Straight Vermonter

The Caribbean Plate sounds yummy not sure about the Cocos Plate though =)


47 posted on 04/01/2014 5:34:02 PM PDT by Patriot Babe
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To: PghBaldy

Indeed. I have a feeling there will be some damage from this one, given the shallow depth it occurred at, even if it was offshore.


48 posted on 04/01/2014 5:34:25 PM PDT by Errant (Surround yourself with intelligent and industrious people who help and support each other.)
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To: txhurl

CNN just reported no confirmation of tsunami (8:34pm EDT).


49 posted on 04/01/2014 5:35:00 PM PDT by Godebert
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To: Errant

Looks like the Pacific Ring of Fire is gradually waking up. We all should try to prepare ourselves.


50 posted on 04/01/2014 5:36:42 PM PDT by Patriot Babe
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