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.)