Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Massive 8.2 Magnitude Quake Hits Chile

A massive 8.2 magnitude earthquake struck Chile off the coast of the city of Iqueque. A tsunami alert was issued, and tsunami waves hit along Chile's northern coastline. The tsunami wave is expected to affect Pacific islands in its path.



No reports of damages or injuries yet, but certainly this will change.

The 8.2 magnitude earthquake will likely disrupt volcanoes int he area, of which there are many. It is far too early to determine which ones may be affected. A large 8.0 quake several years ago did end up disrupting some volcanoes, and some theories point to the quake being responsible for the long-dormant volcano of Chaiten's eruption.


Many large aftershocks should be expected, and already several 6.0 and above have struck. The area will likely be highly unstable for several months. 

I will update this post as more news develops.

*****UPDATE*****

6 people were killed, and more were injured, although the total casualties seem very low. A prison was damaged, and up to 300 inmates have escaped. Over 130 of them have already turned themselves in. A tsunami warning was lifted for any lands in the suspected path, and no significant tsunami waves are expected. MANY aftershocks can be expected to follow. It is still unclear whether or not this quake will affect nearby active volcanoes, but it is a good bet that it will, eventually.

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