Mega-quake hits Chile; tsunami endangers the Pacific

Urgent prayer alert:

A devastating earthquake struck Chile early Saturday, toppling homes, collapsing bridges and plunging trucks into the fractured earth. A tsunami set off by the magnitude-8.8 quake threatened every nation around the Pacific Ocean — roughly a quarter of the globe.

via Huge quake hits Chile; tsunami threatens Pacific – Yahoo! News.

By comparison, the earthquake that devastated Haiti was 7.0 on the Richter scale.  That was considered a “major” quake.  A quake of 8.8 rates as “great.”  So that’s what, nearly 100 times stronger? (See this on the Richter scale.)

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  • http://RoseFremer@yahoo.com Rose

    Lord have mercy on each person in the quakezone.
    For each who calls on You, may they feel Your close presence in their peril and distress.

  • http://RoseFremer@yahoo.com Rose

    Lord have mercy on each person in the quakezone.
    For each who calls on You, may they feel Your close presence in their peril and distress.

  • http://mesamike.org Mike Westfall

    About 63 times stronger calculated as 10 ^ (8.8-7.0) if my reading of the Richter scale documentation is correct.

    Fortunately (relatively, that is) for the Chileans, their buildings are much more earthquake proof than the ones in Haiti

  • http://mesamike.org Mike Westfall

    About 63 times stronger calculated as 10 ^ (8.8-7.0) if my reading of the Richter scale documentation is correct.

    Fortunately (relatively, that is) for the Chileans, their buildings are much more earthquake proof than the ones in Haiti

  • cattail

    Pray for the Chileans! I haven’t heard anything about the Lutheran missions in Chile (there are several ELS mission congregations there). Our pastor was a missionary there for several years. I hope that by tomorrow we’ll have at least preliminary word. If so, I’ll report back.

    We are, per the geologists, overdue for a subduction zone quake here in the Pacific Northwest. They seem to have occurred every 300 years. The last one was in January 1700 (the Japanese recorded the resulting tsunami, so we know the exact date and time) and was probably about a force 9. No “earthquake-proof” building will stand up to that! I’m not wasting my time worrying about it (see Psalm 46) but I’m not investing in coastal property, either!

  • cattail

    Pray for the Chileans! I haven’t heard anything about the Lutheran missions in Chile (there are several ELS mission congregations there). Our pastor was a missionary there for several years. I hope that by tomorrow we’ll have at least preliminary word. If so, I’ll report back.

    We are, per the geologists, overdue for a subduction zone quake here in the Pacific Northwest. They seem to have occurred every 300 years. The last one was in January 1700 (the Japanese recorded the resulting tsunami, so we know the exact date and time) and was probably about a force 9. No “earthquake-proof” building will stand up to that! I’m not wasting my time worrying about it (see Psalm 46) but I’m not investing in coastal property, either!

  • wayne pelling

    ” Lord we pray for Chile at this time. May the rest of the world not be compassionfatigued. We need to open our purses and our hearts to this country”

    There are warnings for our-Australia’s east coast -affecting ,4 states -Tasmania,Victoria,New South Wales and Queensland-and the Norfolk Island Territory,.However that has not stopped people from getting into the water at Bondi Beachin Sydney,whilst hundreds of others line the beachfront looking for any tsunami effects.

  • wayne pelling

    ” Lord we pray for Chile at this time. May the rest of the world not be compassionfatigued. We need to open our purses and our hearts to this country”

    There are warnings for our-Australia’s east coast -affecting ,4 states -Tasmania,Victoria,New South Wales and Queensland-and the Norfolk Island Territory,.However that has not stopped people from getting into the water at Bondi Beachin Sydney,whilst hundreds of others line the beachfront looking for any tsunami effects.

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    The energy released in an 8.8 (Richter) earthquake is nearly 500 times more than that of a 7.0. This earthquake in Chile is tied for the seventh strongest earthquake ever recorded. God be with the Chileans.

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    The energy released in an 8.8 (Richter) earthquake is nearly 500 times more than that of a 7.0. This earthquake in Chile is tied for the seventh strongest earthquake ever recorded. God be with the Chileans.

  • http://www.utah-lutheran.blogspot.com Bror Erickson

    It was a 7.4 that did it in for so cal back in 94. That was pretty devestating for California, where I imagine the building codes are a bit better then in Chile. So yes, this is a big one.

  • http://www.utah-lutheran.blogspot.com Bror Erickson

    It was a 7.4 that did it in for so cal back in 94. That was pretty devestating for California, where I imagine the building codes are a bit better then in Chile. So yes, this is a big one.

  • cattail

    Still no word on ELS missions down there. I’ll post when I hear anything. We prayed for them in church today. Are there any LCMS missions there?

  • cattail

    Still no word on ELS missions down there. I’ll post when I hear anything. We prayed for them in church today. Are there any LCMS missions there?

  • cattail

    Fortunately, the tsunami threat has been cancelled, just as well with all the weekend hordes heading for the beach to see it!

  • cattail

    Fortunately, the tsunami threat has been cancelled, just as well with all the weekend hordes heading for the beach to see it!

  • Stephanie

    Bror said — It was a 7.4 that did it in for so cal back in 94. That was pretty devestating for California, where I imagine the building codes are a bit better then in Chile.

    The Northridge quake was big, but I wouldn’t say it “did it in” for Southern California. We lost some freeways and some buildings fell. But the loss of life was minimal. Schools were closed for one, maybe two days. (Interesting side note: Buildings built on rollers? Keep moving ever so slightly after the aftershock itself stops. I needed to leave the entire building once in the middle of history class because of motion sickness.) There was no looting as far as I remember. Food supplies were not interrupted. The water and utilities were fine. I think we lost electricity for maybe 2 days but we had candles and camping supplies so it was more of an adventure. I’d say it was *expensive* to fix, but I wouldn’t peg it as devastating.

    That being said, the Chile quake was stronger. 6.7 to 8.8 – if I remember how the Richter scale works, that is about 10 times stronger. And while I am unable to compare building codes, it would not surprise me to find out that CA has stricter regulations.

  • Stephanie

    Bror said — It was a 7.4 that did it in for so cal back in 94. That was pretty devestating for California, where I imagine the building codes are a bit better then in Chile.

    The Northridge quake was big, but I wouldn’t say it “did it in” for Southern California. We lost some freeways and some buildings fell. But the loss of life was minimal. Schools were closed for one, maybe two days. (Interesting side note: Buildings built on rollers? Keep moving ever so slightly after the aftershock itself stops. I needed to leave the entire building once in the middle of history class because of motion sickness.) There was no looting as far as I remember. Food supplies were not interrupted. The water and utilities were fine. I think we lost electricity for maybe 2 days but we had candles and camping supplies so it was more of an adventure. I’d say it was *expensive* to fix, but I wouldn’t peg it as devastating.

    That being said, the Chile quake was stronger. 6.7 to 8.8 – if I remember how the Richter scale works, that is about 10 times stronger. And while I am unable to compare building codes, it would not surprise me to find out that CA has stricter regulations.

  • WebMonk

    The difference between Chile and the SoCal earthquake was 8.8 to 7.4, roughly. That means Chile’s earthquake was 125.89 times as powerful as the SoCal one.

    Power doesn’t immediately translate to devastation though. That varies on WAY too many things to list.

  • WebMonk

    The difference between Chile and the SoCal earthquake was 8.8 to 7.4, roughly. That means Chile’s earthquake was 125.89 times as powerful as the SoCal one.

    Power doesn’t immediately translate to devastation though. That varies on WAY too many things to list.

  • cattail

    Just in case someone comes back to check, here’s what we know so far about the ELS Chile missions: http://www.evangelicallutheransynod.org/President/news/elsnews/mar10/view

  • cattail

    Just in case someone comes back to check, here’s what we know so far about the ELS Chile missions: http://www.evangelicallutheransynod.org/President/news/elsnews/mar10/view


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