Killer quake rocks Chile
This quake is the 7th strongest in recorded history
8.8 quake with 9 feet high tsunami rocks Chile
N the wee morning hours of Saturday, the 27th day of February, 2010, CHILE was rocked by an 8.8 magnitude quake, according to the US Geological Survey. The giant tremor shook and toppled high-rise buildings, infrastructures, electrical installations, etc. amid the moans, cries, pains, shouts of the terrified and bewildered Chilean people. As a consequence- TSUNAMI waves as high as 9 feet were recorded.
Epicenter: near Concepcion city
The earthquake struck central Chile. Its epicenter was located near the City of Concepcion some 212 miles or 341 kilometers from the capital City of Santiago. It struck at 3:34 AM when people were fast asleep.
NWS: This quake can generate tsunamis
The National Weather Service has this vital information to share. "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".
USGS: Chile holds the record as the country hit by the strongest quake
The USGS bares that Chile hold the record as the country that was hit by the strongest earthquake. It pummeled the South American country in May 1960 and killed in its wake 1,655 people.
NASA's Gross: the quake may have shortened the length of Earth Day by 1.26 millarseconds
This earthquake- according to Research Scientist Richard Gross of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California- may have have changed the entire earth's rotation and shortened the length of days in our planet. The quake the 7th strongest in recorded history should have shortened the length of an Earth Day by 1.26 milliseconds. Gross and his associates by the use of a computer were able to determine that the Chile earthquake should have moved earth's figure axis by about 3 inches (8 cm or 27 milliarseconds. Mighty earthquakes have altered earth's days and its axis in the past. The 9.1 Sumatran earthquake in 2004 that triggered a deadly tsunami should have shortened earth's days by 6.8 microseconds and shifted its axis by about 2.76 inches (7 cm or 2.32 milliarseconds).