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7.6 Aftershock Shakes Chile

Low death toll credited to strict building codes

(Newser) - A second strong earthquake has hit Chile, the day after a magnitude 8.2 earthquake shook the country, forcing a million people to flee their homes but causing surprisingly few deaths. Chilean President Michelle Bachelet was among those evacuated after the 7.6-magnitude earthquake hit last night, the BBC reports.... More »

8.2 Chile Quake: 6 Die, 300 Women Escape Prison

Cops battle looters as thousands flee coast

(Newser) - Tens of thousands of Chileans have fled their homes for higher ground after a magnitude 8.2 earthquake caused 8-foot waves, power outages, fires, and landslides, the BBC reports. At least six people have been killed, which the AP notes is "a remarkably low toll for such a powerful... More »

6.2 Quake Knocks Down Walls in Chile

No injuries reported yet

(Newser) - An earthquake has shaken down walls and knocked out electricity in parts of far-northern Chile. No injuries have been reported, though. The US Geological Survey calculates the magnitude as 6.2 and says it was centered about 41 miles east-northeast of Tacna, Peru, which is situated near Chile's border.... More »

7.1 Quake Shakes Up Chile

No major injuries reported, but renewed fears from huge quake of 2010

(Newser) - A 7.1-magnitude earthquake, the strongest to hit Chile in two years, last night rocked Talca, a small city 136 miles south of Santiago, reports AP . Buildings swayed in Santiago, and people living along the coast were warned to watch for tsunamis, but there were no reports of injuries or... More »

Chile Panics as 6.2 Quake Hits

No damage reported as quake hits uncomfortable close to last disaster

(Newser) - A magnitude-6.2 earthquake struck today just off the shore of south-central Chile, the same area devastated by a massive temblor two years ago, though there were no immediate reports of damage. Today's quake was centered 31 miles northwest of Concepcion, and relatively shallow at 12 miles deep. But... More »

Big Quakes Trigger Small Ones—Not Other Big Ones

So rest easy, California, your risk is no higher than normal

(Newser) - Over the past 15 months, large earthquakes have struck China , Haiti , Chile , New Zealand , Japan , and Burma . But those quakes weren't connected, and they won't trigger any other big ones, seismologists say. A new study shows that, even when they seem linked, large and distant quakes likely aren't—and while... More »

Earthquake Prediction: California Is Next

And hit to San Andreas or Cascadia faults could be even 'scarier'

(Newser) - Is what happened in Japan set to repeat itself in California? Author Simon Winchester thinks so. In an article for Newsweek that’s turning some heads , Winchester notes that though scientists aren’t sure why, major earthquakes have a tendency to happen in clusters, with a quake on one side... More »

What the World Watched as 2010 Unfolded

Snooki to Spillcam, here's what we gawked at

(Newser) - We stared in horror as oil gushed unchecked from BP's ruptured well for months, we might have raised a beer as Steven Slater took his epic slide down a JetBlue ramp, and we feverishly refreshed Facebook as Mark Zuckerberg took Time's Person of the Year Honors. but mostly, writes Ted... More »

13 Things You Didn't Know About Earthquakes

There are half a million quakes a year, for one thing

(Newser) - February's 8.8 magnitude earthquake in Chile moved the city of Concepcion 10 feet, shortened the day, and altered the planet's axis—crazy facts, of which there are plenty more. LiveScience runs down some wild things you probably didn't know about earthquakes:
  • Chile isn't the only place that's shifting: San
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7.2 Quake Shakes Chile Inauguration

Largest aftershock of Chile quake rattled buildings, dignitaries

(Newser) - The largest aftershock since Chile's massive earthquake rocked the country today minutes before the inauguration of President Sebastian Pinera. The 7.2-magnitude aftershock was stronger than the Jan. 12 quake that devastated the Haitian capital. It happened along the same fault zone as Chile's magnitude-8.8 quake on Feb. 27,... More »

Chilean City Moved 10 Feet West in Quake

Geologists think quake will be most important ever studied

(Newser) - The earthquake that struck Chile on Feb. 27 was so massive that it moved the entire city of Concepcion 10 feet to the west, according to one new study. Concepcion isn’t far from the quake’s epicenter in Maule, but other, more distant towns moved as well. Santiago moved... More »

Chile Cans Official Who Blew Tsunami Alerts

Experts say lack of national warning led to deaths

(Newser) - The official whose agency failed to send out a nationwide tsunami alert following last Saturday’s earthquake was fired today by the Chilean government, the BBC reports. “An error in diagnosis” by Mariano Rojas and others in the naval oceanographic service resulted in many unnecessary deaths, experts say; Rojas... More »

Aftershocks Rock Chile

Government revises death toll amid tsunami confusion

(Newser) - Aftershocks continue to hit southern Chile a week after the earthquake that killed hundreds and set off deadly tsunamis. Tremors up to a magnitude of 6.6 are terrifying residents of the city of Concepcion and the surrounding areas. "It was terrible," one resident told Reuters . "The... More »

Family Survives Haiti's Quake, Then Chile's

'Here, the same thing!' says one rattled refugee

(Newser) - The Desarmes family left their native Haiti after the devastating Jan. 12 earthquake, joining a son in Chile for what seemed a refuge from the fear and chaos of Port-au-Prince. Their sense of security lasted barely a month. It was shattered Saturday when one of the most powerful quakes on... More »

Another Big Aftershock Rocks Chile

6.1 temblor, others prompt brief tsunami warnings

(Newser) - A 6.1-magnitude aftershock struck Chile in the past hour, further jangling nerves on a day when the government mistakenly issued tsunami warnings for coastal areas still sorting out the effects of last week’s 8.8 earthquake. President Michelle Bachelet took to the airwaves today to reassure the nation,... More »

Aftershocks Set Off Tsunami Confusion

Government issues false tsunami warnings

(Newser) - Three big aftershocks rocked Chile today, triggering tsunami confusion in the hard-hit south-central regions. The aftershocks had a magnitude of 5.9 to 6.3, coming off Saturday's 8.8-magnitude quake. Tsunami sirens in at least three towns sent residents scrambling for high ground in the Bio Bio and Maule... More »

Clinton Arrives in Chile, Promises Help

'We'll be here to help when the others leave'

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton arrived in Chile today, embracing president Michelle Bachelet and promising assistance. The US is already preparing to send water purification units, temporary bridges, a field hospital, and medical supplies, the secretary of state said. She delivered 25 satellite phones intended to help coordinate relief efforts. “We’ll... More »

Chile Quake Shifted Earth's Axis, Shortened Day

Moving masses of rock by several meters affects rotation

(Newser) - The magnitude 8.8 earthquake that hit Chile may have actually shifted the Earth's axis, shortening the length of a day, a NASA scientist says. Moving hundreds of kilometers of rock changes the earth's distribution of mass, and, in turn, changes the planet's rate of rotation. In this case, the... More »

Tsunami Swept Away Fleeing Bus of Retirees

Waves ravaged communities along Chilean coast

(Newser) - The 40 retirees enjoying summer vacation at a seaside campground knew they had to move fast after Chile's powerful earthquake struck. They didn't make it. The tsunami came in three waves, surging 200 yards into the resort town of Pelluhue and dragging away the bus they'd piled into to get... More »

Chaos, Looting Spread in Chile

Quake survivors lack food, water, electricity

(Newser) - Chile extended a nighttime curfew to noon today as looting and crime intensified in earthquake-damaged cities. Troops struggling to gain control in Concepción fired teargas and shot at least one person dead; a supermarket collapsed in the city last night after looters set fire to it. Authorities warn that... More »

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