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Killer quake rocks Chile

Updated on January 28, 2015

This quake is the 7th strongest in recorded history

About 708 people were reported killed mostly from worst-hit areas Maule and Bio Bio regions, Chile
About 708 people were reported killed mostly from worst-hit areas Maule and Bio Bio regions, Chile | Source
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Map of ChileCHILE's earthquake may have shortened earth's day
Map of Chile
Map of Chile
CHILE's earthquake may have shortened earth's day
CHILE's earthquake may have shortened earth's day

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).

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      nick071438 6 years ago from City of Catbalogan, W, Samar, Philippines

      Whoever you are "baseball in chile" thank you for providing a personal touch to the Feb. 27, 2010 earthquake in Chile. Your testimony is a living proof of that 8.8 magnitude quake.

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      baseball in chile 6 years ago

      I was in Chile when that happened. I was about 3 hours from the Epicenter. Everything was destroyed and we didn't have any fresh water for like 3 days.