Monday, March 22, 2010

4.9 Mb - SERBIA, SERBIA AND MONTENEGRO

4.9 Mb - SERBIA, SERBIA AND MONTENEGRO
Preliminary Earthquake Report

Magnitude 4.9 Mb
Date-Time
10 Mar 2010 13:38:04 UTC
10 Mar 2010 14:38:04 near epicenter
10 Mar 2010 07:38:04 standard time in your timezone
Location 42.829N 20.615E
Depth 10 km
Distances
49 km (31 miles) WNW (294 degrees) of Pristina, Yugoslavia
95 km (59 miles) NNW (342 degrees) of Tetovo, F.Y.R. of Macedonia
116 km (72 miles) ENE (69 degrees) of Podgorica (Titograd), Yugoslavia
116 km (72 miles) NW (323 degrees) of SKOPJE, F.Y.R. of Macedonia
Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 6.6 km; Vertical
Parameters Nph = 46; Dmin = 510.8 km; Rmss = 1.00 seconds; Gp = 136°
M-type = Mb; Version = 6
Event ID US 2010trbl
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Turkey earthquake aftermath

A pre-dawn earthquake collapsed homes and killed more than 50 people in a mountainous region of southeastern Turkey, government officials said.About 71 others were injured when the earthquake struck at 4:32 a.m., according to officials. The U.S. Geological Survey registered the quake at magnitude 5.9, while the Turkish earthquake monitoring center listed it as a 6.0.The quake struck in Elazig province, with the village of Okcular the worst hit, according to Ozcan Yalcin, the press secretary for the province's governor.The quake killed 51 people, the office of the Prime Minister and Crisis Center in Elazig province said. The death toll revises an earlier report by Turkey Deputy Prime Minister Cemil Cicek that at least 57 people had died. There was no further detail on the discrepancy.
Dozens of aftershocks, ranging up to magnitude 5.5, shook the region in the hours after the quake.

At least 41 dead in Turkey earthquake

Turkey quake survivors struggling

Hundreds of villagers are struggling to cope with the aftermath of a deadly 6.0 magnitude earthquake that devastated numerous towns in northern Turkey.
Residents have had to resort to makeshift tents and lost a great deal of livestock, which has been a severe blow to their livelihood.
But authorities are assessing the scale of people's losses in an effort to help the earthquake survivors.
Al Jazeera's Barnaby Phillips reports from Elazig province in northern Turkey.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

KURIL ISLANDS QUAKES

5.0 Mb - KURIL ISLANDS
Preliminary Earthquake Report

Magnitude 5.0 Mb
Date-Time
12 Mar 2010 14:16:03 UTC
13 Mar 2010 01:16:03 near epicenter
12 Mar 2010 08:16:03 standard time in your timezone
Location 46.625N 152.735E
Depth 43 km
Distances
406 km (252 miles) ENE (66 degrees) of Kuril'sk, Kuril Islands
761 km (473 miles) E (89 degrees) of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Russia
1629 km (1012 miles) NE (38 degrees) of TOKYO, Japan
Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 12.4 km; Vertical 13.0 km
Parameters Nph = 94; Dmin = 763.7 km; Rmss = 0.72 seconds; Gp = 154°
M-type = Mb; Version = 6
Event ID US 2010ttbe
4.8 Mb - KURIL ISLANDS
Preliminary Earthquake Report
Magnitude 4.8 Mb
Date-Time
12 Mar 2010 05:51:56 UTC
12 Mar 2010 16:51:56 near epicenter
11 Mar 2010 23:51:56 standard time in your timezone
Location 43.983N 147.834E
Depth 57 km
Distances
139 km (86 miles) S (182 degrees) of Kuril'sk, Kuril Islands
299 km (186 miles) ENE (67 degrees) of Kushiro, Hokkaido, Japan
438 km (272 miles) E (85 degrees) of Asahikawa, Hokkaido, Japan
1153 km (716 miles) NE (34 degrees) of TOKYO, Japan
Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 29.8 km; Vertical 19.5 km
Parameters Nph = 20; Dmin = 420.8 km; Rmss = 0.38 seconds; Gp = 190°
M-type = Mb; Version = 6
Event ID US 2010ttay
4.5 Mb - KURIL ISLANDS
Preliminary Earthquake Report
Magnitude 4.5 Mb
Date-Time
8 Mar 2010 10:48:06 UTC
8 Mar 2010 21:48:06 near epicenter
8 Mar 2010 04:48:06 standard time in your timezone
Location 43.901N 147.056E
Depth 110 km
Distances
162 km (101 miles) SSW (204 degrees) of Kuril'sk, Kuril Islands
238 km (148 miles) ENE (63 degrees) of Kushiro, Hokkaido, Japan
375 km (233 miles) E (86 degrees) of Asahikawa, Hokkaido, Japan
1107 km (688 miles) NNE (32 degrees) of TOKYO, Japan
Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 12.6 km; Vertical 10.5 km
Parameters Nph = 62; Dmin = 359.0 km; Rmss = 0.66 seconds; Gp = 136°
M-type = Mb; Version = 7
Event ID US 2010tpbl
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TURKEY QUAKES...

5.5 Mb - EASTERN TURKEY
Preliminary Earthquake Report

Magnitude 5.5 Mb
Date-Time
8 Mar 2010 07:47:40 UTC
8 Mar 2010 09:47:40 near epicenter
8 Mar 2010 01:47:40 standard time in your timezone
Location 38.767N 40.239E
Depth 10 km
Distances
25 km (15 miles) WSW (239 degrees) of Bingol, Turkey
88 km (54 miles) E (84 degrees) of Elazig, Turkey
94 km (59 miles) N (0 degrees) of Diyarbakir, Turkey
398 km (247 miles) WSW (248 degrees) of YEREVAN, Armenia
Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 11.0 km; Vertical
Parameters Nph = 35; Dmin = 417.4 km; Rmss = 1.19 seconds; Gp = 93°
M-type = Mb; Version = 6
Event ID US 2010tpav
4.8 Mb - EASTERN TURKEY
Preliminary Earthquake Report
Magnitude 4.8 Mb
Date-Time
8 Mar 2010 09:00:50 UTC
8 Mar 2010 11:00:50 near epicenter
8 Mar 2010 03:00:50 standard time in your timezone
Location 38.611N 40.119E
Depth 10 km
Distances
44 km (27 miles) SW (226 degrees) of Bingol, Turkey
77 km (48 miles) E (96 degrees) of Elazig, Turkey
78 km (48 miles) N (353 degrees) of Diyarbakir, Turkey
415 km (258 miles) WSW (247 degrees) of YEREVAN, Armenia
Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 10.4 km; Vertical
Parameters Nph = 42; Dmin = 434.1 km; Rmss = 1.10 seconds; Gp = 90°
M-type = Mb; Version = 6
Event ID US 2010tpa4
4.9 Mb - EASTERN TURKEY
Preliminary Earthquake Report
Magnitude 4.9 Mb
Date-Time
8 Mar 2010 11:12:14 UTC
8 Mar 2010 13:12:14 near epicenter
8 Mar 2010 05:12:14 standard time in your timezone
Location 38.864N 40.165E
Depth 10 km
Distances
28 km (17 miles) W (266 degrees) of Bingol, Turkey
83 km (52 miles) ENE (76 degrees) of Elazig, Turkey
105 km (66 miles) N (357 degrees) of Diyarbakir, Turkey
400 km (248 miles) WSW (250 degrees) of YEREVAN, Armenia
Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 10.3 km; Vertical
Parameters Nph = 48; Dmin = 419.1 km; Rmss = 1.15 seconds; Gp = 79°
M-type = Mb; Version = 7
Event ID US 2010tpbn
4.5 Mb - EASTERN TURKEY
Preliminary Earthquake Report
Magnitude 4.5 Mb
Date-Time
8 Mar 2010 15:04:54 UTC
8 Mar 2010 17:04:54 near epicenter
8 Mar 2010 09:04:54 standard time in your timezone
Location 38.467N 40.112E
Depth 10 km
Distances
56 km (35 miles) SW (215 degrees) of Bingol, Turkey
62 km (39 miles) N (350 degrees) of Diyarbakir, Turkey
80 km (50 miles) ESE (107 degrees) of Elazig, Turkey
423 km (263 miles) WSW (245 degrees) of YEREVAN, Armenia
Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 11.7 km; Vertical
Parameters Nph = 24; Dmin = 441.3 km; Rmss = 1.29 seconds; Gp = 79°
M-type = Mb; Version = Q
Event ID US 2010tpcd
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National Earthquake Information Center
U.S. Geological Survey
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Turkey's ever present danger of earthquake - BBC science

New thinking and methods of Earthquake Storm prediction have shown Istanbul may be the next city to suffer a disastrous earthquake...

41 killed in Quake in the eastern province of Elazığ,Turkey

New Earthquake in Turkey

The government's crisis center said around 60 people were also injured in the quake which occurred at 4:32 a.m. (0232 GMT, 9 p.m. EST) in Elazig province, about 550 kilometers (340 miles) east of Ankara, the capital, and caught many people in their sleep.

Months after Haiti quake,no permanent homes...

After the earthquake that ravaged Haiti, there is still no permanent shelter for legions of quake survivors. Now, rains loom, which aid workers say could be create another major disaster...

Strong quake hits eastern Turkey:report

ANKARA-A strong earthquake measuring 6.0 on the Richter scale shook eastern Turkey early Monday, media reports and officials said.
The quake struck at 04:32 am (0232 GMT) with an epicentre near the Karakocan town in Elazig province, the Istanbul-based Kandilli observatory said on its web site....

5.9 Mw - EASTERN TURKEY

5.9 Mw - EASTERN TURKEY
Preliminary Earthquake Report

Magnitude 5.9 Mw
Date-Time
8 Mar 2010 02:32:35 UTC
8 Mar 2010 04:32:35 near epicenter
7 Mar 2010 20:32:35 standard time in your timezone
Location 38.886N 39.973E
Depth 10 km
Distances
44 km (27 miles) W (271 degrees) of Bingol, Turkey
68 km (42 miles) ENE (70 degrees) of Elazig, Turkey
103 km (64 miles) SSE (156 degrees) of Erzincan, Turkey
414 km (257 miles) WSW (251 degrees) of YEREVAN, Armenia
Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 6.3 km; Vertical
Parameters Nph = 187; Dmin = 433.8 km; Rmss = 1.06 seconds; Gp = 39°
M-type = Mw; Version = 7
Event ID US 2010tpac ***This event supersedes event AT00801556.
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U.S. Geological Survey

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Doctors Warn of Health Threat in Chile

(CONCEPCION, Chile)Huge piles of wreckage and tons of rotting fish and other debris blanketing the ground are turning the coastal towns shattered by Chile's earthquake and tsunami into nests of infection, doctors warned.
As calls for medicine and shelter grew, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon flew into the heavily damaged city of Concepcion aboard a Chilean air force plane Saturday, following at least six moderate aftershocks. He was driven immediately to the city's ground zero, where a building had collapsed and a couple called out one last time to a missing son believed killed in the wreckage.
As Chileans lined up for hepatitis and tetanus shots Friday on the opening day of an extensive vaccination campaign, doctors said cases of diarrhea are increasing from people drinking unclean water and a growing number of patients are suffering injuries wading through the mess.
"We are going to keep needing water, electric systems, a functioning sewage system. We need to clean up rotting fish in the streets. We need chemical toilets, and when it starts raining, people living in tents are going to get wet and sick. All this is going to cause infections,"
said Talcahuano Mayor Gaston Saavedra, whose port city was heavily damaged by the Feb. 27 quake and tsunami....

"Chile aftershocks could go on for years":scientists

WASHINGTON-Chileans will be feeling aftershocks following last week's 8.8-magnitude earthquake for months and possibly years, scientists said,as three strong tremors rocked the country.
"The larger the earthquake, the larger the aftershocks, the more of them and the longer they're going to last," said John Bellini, a geophysicist at the US Geological Survey (USGS) in Colorado."They will wind down in number, but they will probably be noticeable to people for months and could go on possibly for years," he told AFP.
Chile has been rattled by more than 200 aftershocks since the historic monster quake struck the South American country six days ago, killing some 800 people as buildings collapsed and tsunamis swept people to sea....

Friday, March 12, 2010

OFFSHORE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA QUAKES

4.5 M - OFFSHORE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
Preliminary Earthquake Report

Magnitude 4.5 M
Date-Time
6 Mar 2010 08:47:37 UTC
6 Mar 2010 00:47:37 near epicenter
6 Mar 2010 02:47:37 standard time in your timezone
Location 40.320N 124.733W
Depth 13 km
Distances
38 km (24 miles) W (269 degrees) of Petrolia, CA
49 km (30 miles) SW (234 degrees) of Ferndale, CA
57 km (35 miles) WSW (250 degrees) of Rio Dell, CA
71 km (44 miles) SW (223 degrees) of Eureka, CA
342 km (213 miles) NW (306 degrees) of Sacramento, CA
Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 4.7 km; Vertical 31.6 km
Parameters Nph = 6; Dmin = 46.0 km; Rmss = 0.07 seconds; Gp = 291°
M-type = M; Version = 2
Event ID CI 14597412 ***This event has been revised.
4.4 Ml - OFFSHORE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
Preliminary Earthquake Report
Magnitude 4.4 Ml
Date-Time
6 Mar 2010 08:46:24 UTC
6 Mar 2010 00:46:24 near epicenter
6 Mar 2010 02:46:24 standard time in your timezone
Location 40.327N 124.705W
Depth 12 km
Distances
36 km (22 miles) W (270 degrees) of Petrolia, CA
47 km (29 miles) SW (233 degrees) of Ferndale, CA
54 km (34 miles) WSW (250 degrees) of Rio Dell, CA
69 km (43 miles) SW (222 degrees) of Eureka, CA
341 km (212 miles) NW (306 degrees) of Sacramento, CA
Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 0.7 km; Vertical 0.5 km
Parameters Nph = 36; Dmin = 35.0 km; Rmss = 0.06 seconds; Gp = 237°
M-type = Ml; Version = 2
Event ID NC 71359410
3.9 Mw - OFFSHORE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
Preliminary Earthquake Report
Magnitude 3.9 Mw
Date-Time
4 Mar 2010 12:22:31 UTC
4 Mar 2010 04:22:31 near epicenter
4 Mar 2010 06:22:31 standard time in your timezone
Location 40.405N 124.946W
Depth 11 km
Distances
57 km (35 miles) W (279 degrees) of Petrolia, CA
61 km (38 miles) WSW (252 degrees) of Ferndale, CA
71 km (44 miles) WSW (254 degrees) of Fortuna, CA
79 km (49 miles) WSW (237 degrees) of Eureka, CA
362 km (225 miles) NW (306 degrees) of Sacramento, CA
Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 1.9 km; Vertical 1.8 km
Parameters Nph = 44; Dmin = 52.0 km; Rmss = 0.24 seconds; Gp = 244°
M-type = Mw; Version = 5
Event ID NC 71358185 ***This event has been revised.
For updates, maps, and technical information, see:
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CISN Northern California Management Center
U.S. Geological Survey
Berkeley Seismological Laboratory
http://www.cisn.org/ncmc.html

Chilean quake among top 10 strongest on record

The 8.8 magnitude earthquake that slammed central Chile on Saturday is among the top 10 strongest on record, according to data from the US Geological Survey, which monitors earthquakes around the world.
Eighteen of the top 20 most powerful earthquakes, including the strongest, struck in a zone of volcanic instability that encircles the Pacific Ocean known as the "Ring of Fire."The "Ring" stretches along the western coast of the Americas through the island nations of the South Pacific and on through Southeast Asia....

Japan apologises for major tsunami alert

Japanese authorities admitted Monday they may have been over-zealous in issuing their first major tsunami alert in more than 15 years for a wave that ended up causing almost no damage.
"The agency's tsunami forecasts turned out to be a bit too big. I'd like to apologise for the prolonged alerts," Yasuo Sekita, the Meteorological Agency official in charge of earthquakes and tsunamis, told a news conference....

Japanese fishing town recalls horror of tsunami 50 years ago

When Chile's massive earthquake sent a tsunami racing towards Japan at the weekend, 79-year-old grandmother Matsuko Shiba knew to head for high ground, and for good reason.Half a century ago a killer wave from the South American country destroyed the picturesque fishing town of Minami Sanriku, taking 41 lives there and, she recounted sadly, probably killing the baby she was carrying inside her."Just the other day I was thinking, 'Oh, it's been 50 years since then'," Shiba said as she sat huddled with her grandchildren and elderly friends in an evacuation centre in the town, which was rebuilt after the tsunami."It may have been a premonition," she added....

Aid groups challenged by Haiti's coming rains

Getting the 1.3 million homeless quake survivors in Haiti under shelter before the onset of the country's wet season in the next couple of months is a top priority, UN and Red Cross officials said Monday."We recognize that the rainy season represents a very grave threat to the quake-affected people in the improvised settlements. And the floods in the southwest over the weekend were a reminder of what's to come," Red Cross spokesman Alex Wynter told AFP.He was referring to inundations that killed at least 13 people and forced the evacuation of 3,000 in and around Haiti's third-biggest city of Les Cayes on Saturday -- a region untouched by January's devastating earthquake....

Tsunami reaches Australia, no big waves reported

Sydney--Australian officials on Sunday recorded the first effects of a wide-ranging tsunami generated by the Chile earthquake, reporting a rise in sea levels but no major waves. Water levels surged by a few centimetres off Tasmania, they said, warning of rises of up to 40 centimetres (16 inches) and strong currents for several hours rolling up Australia's east coast. "At the moment we're really in the first few minutes of it," Alasdair Hainsworth, the Bureau of Meteorology's acting assistant director of services, told AFP. "It's sea levels rising by just a couple of centimetres at the moment"...

Tsunami reaches New Zealand and Australia

Waves up to 1.5 metres (five feet) high rammed into New Zealand Sunday as a tsunami generated by a huge earthquake in Chile intensified, but there were no reports of serious damage.New Zealand's entire east coast was at risk with walls of water up to three metres (10 feet) expected to hit the Chatham Islands and Banks Peninsula, near the main South Island city of Christchurch, officials said.In the South Pacific island nation of Tonga, residents made their way to higher points inland, with memories still fresh of a tsunami in September that also hit Samoa and American Samoa, leaving more than 180 people dead....

Thursday, March 11, 2010

CALIFORNIA RECENT QUAKES

3.5 Ml - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Preliminary Earthquake Report

Magnitude 3.5 Ml
Date-Time
11 Mar 2010 01:39:38 UTC
10 Mar 2010 17:39:38 near epicenter
10 Mar 2010 19:39:38 standard time in your timezone
Location 33.247N 116.707W
Depth 2 km
Distances
5 km (3 miles) E (79 degrees) of Lake Henshaw, CA
9 km (6 miles) NE (37 degrees) of Mesa Grande, CA
19 km (12 miles) SE (130 degrees) of Palomar Observatory, CA
37 km (23 miles) ENE (69 degrees) of Escondido, CA
66 km (41 miles) NE (38 degrees) of San Diego, CA
Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 0.2 km; Vertical 1.0 km
Parameters Nph = 104; Dmin = 18.0 km; Rmss = 0.28 seconds; Gp = 61°
M-type = Ml; Version = 1
Event ID CI 14598996
3.7 Ml - CENTRAL CALIFORNIA
Preliminary Earthquake Report
Magnitude 3.7 Ml
Date-Time
9 Mar 2010 20:05:10 UTC
9 Mar 2010 12:05:10 near epicenter
9 Mar 2010 14:05:10 standard time in your timezone
Location 36.211N 117.919W
Depth 4 km
Distances
9 km (6 miles) SE (129 degrees) of Olancha, CA
15 km (10 miles) SE (142 degrees) of Cartago, CA
19 km (12 miles) N (8 degrees) of Coso Junction, CA
44 km (27 miles) SSE (162 degrees) of Lone Pine, CA
242 km (150 miles) N (7 degrees) of Los Angeles Civic Center, CA
Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 1.0 km; Vertical 4.8 km
Parameters Nph = 25; Dmin = 25.0 km; Rmss = 0.58 seconds; Gp = 104°
M-type = Ml; Version = 1
Event ID CI 14598516
3.9 Ml - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Preliminary Earthquake Report
Magnitude 3.9 Ml
Date-Time
9 Mar 2010 04:18:21 UTC
8 Mar 2010 20:18:21 near epicenter
8 Mar 2010 22:18:21 standard time in your timezone
Location 32.989N 116.364W
Depth 6 km
Distances
23 km (14 miles) ESE (114 degrees) of Julian, CA
23 km (15 miles) NE (40 degrees) of Pine Valley, CA
28 km (17 miles) SW (232 degrees) of Ocotillo Wells, CA
68 km (43 miles) ESE (103 degrees) of Escondido, CA
77 km (48 miles) ENE (72 degrees) of San Diego, CA
Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 0.2 km; Vertical 4.2 km
Parameters Nph = 88; Dmin = 12.0 km; Rmss = 0.24 seconds; Gp = 72°
M-type = Ml; Version = 1
Event ID CI 14598228
For updates, maps, and technical information, see:
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USGS Earthquake Hazards Program
CISN Southern California Management Center
Caltech Seismological Laboratory
U.S. Geological Survey

http://www.cisn.org/scmc.html

6.4 Mw - TAIWAN...

5.1 Mb - TAIWAN
Preliminary Earthquake Report

Magnitude 5.1 Mb
Date-Time

4 Mar 2010 08:16:18 UTC
4 Mar 2010 16:16:18 near epicenter
4 Mar 2010 02:16:18 standard time in your timezone
Location 22.959N 120.572E
Depth 35 km
Distances
35 km (22 miles) E (101 degrees) of T'ai-nan, Taiwan
50 km (31 miles) NE (37 degrees) of Kao-hsiung, Taiwan
67 km (41 miles) WNW (294 degrees) of T'ai-tung, Taiwan
928 km (577 miles) N (357 degrees) of MANILA, Philippines
Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 11.3 km; Vertical
Parameters Nph = 25; Dmin = 100.2 km; Rmss = 1.15 seconds; Gp = 72°
M-type = Mb; Version = 6
Event ID US 2010tkbf
4.7 Mb - TAIWAN REGION
Preliminary Earthquake Report

Magnitude 4.7 Mb
Date-Time
4 Mar 2010 07:07:15 UTC
4 Mar 2010 15:07:15 near epicenter
4 Mar 2010 01:07:15 standard time in your timezone
Location 22.866N 121.951E
Depth 35 km
Distances
82 km (51 miles) ENE (78 degrees) of T'ai-tung, Taiwan
128 km (80 miles) SSE (163 degrees) of Hua-lien, Taiwan
174 km (108 miles) E (80 degrees) of Kao-hsiung, Taiwan
923 km (574 miles) N (6 degrees) of MANILA, Philippines
Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 11.8 km; Vertical
Parameters Nph = 16; Dmin = 88.9 km; Rmss = 1.15 seconds; Gp = 118°
M-type = Mb; Version = 7
Event ID US 2010tka6
6.4 Mw - TAIWAN
Preliminary Earthquake Report

Magnitude 6.4 Mw
Date-Time

4 Mar 2010 00:18:53 UTC
4 Mar 2010 08:18:53 near epicenter
3 Mar 2010 18:18:53 standard time in your timezone
Location 22.900N 120.909E
Depth 35 km
Distances
33 km (21 miles) NW (308 degrees) of T'ai-tung, Taiwan
70 km (44 miles) E (100 degrees) of T'ai-nan, Taiwan
72 km (45 miles) ENE (62 degrees) of Kao-hsiung, Taiwan
921 km (572 miles) N (360 degrees) of MANILA, Philippines
Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 7.6 km; Vertical
Parameters Nph = 49; Dmin = 98.0 km; Rmss = 0.82 seconds; Gp = 39°
M-type = Mw; Version = 6
Event ID US 2010tkab ***This event supersedes event PT10063000.
For updates, maps, and technical information, see:
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National Earthquake Information Center
U.S. Geological Survey

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4.0 Ml - CUBA REGION

4.0 Ml - CUBA REGION
Preliminary Earthquake Report

Magnitude 4.0 Ml
Date-Time
3 Mar 2010 03:35:34 UTC
2 Mar 2010 22:35:34 near epicenter
2 Mar 2010 21:35:34 standard time in your timezone
Location 19.856N 75.661W
Depth 5 km
Distances
24 km (15 miles) SE (136 degrees) of Santiago de Cuba, Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
35 km (22 miles) S (182 degrees) of Songo-La Maya, Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
43 km (27 miles) SSE (153 degrees) of San Luis, Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
242 km (150 miles) NNE (30 degrees) of KINGSTON, Jamaica
Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 17.0 km; Vertical
Parameters Nph = 10; Dmin = 58.2 km; Rmss = 1.48 seconds; Gp = 111°
M-type = Ml; Version = 7
Event ID US 2010tjam
For updates, maps, and technical information, see:
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U.S. Geological Survey

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3.7 M - SOUTHEASTERN MISSOURI

3.7 M - SOUTHEASTERN MISSOURI
Preliminary Earthquake Report

Magnitude 3.7 M
Date-Time
2 Mar 2010 19:37:35 UTC
2 Mar 2010 13:37:35 near epicenter
2 Mar 2010 13:37:35 standard time in your timezone
Location 36.787N 89.348W
Depth 5 km
Distances
3 km (2 miles) ENE (76 degrees) of East Prairie, MO
5 km (3 miles) SSW (205 degrees) of Anniston, MO
9 km (6 miles) NW (306 degrees) of Pinhook, MO
179 km (111 miles) W (279 degrees) of Clarksville, TN
219 km (136 miles) SSE (159 degrees) of St. Louis, MO
Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 0.5 km; Vertical 0.5 km
Parameters Nph = 27; Dmin = 7.0 km; Rmss = 0.12 seconds; Gp = 111°
M-type = M; Version = B
Event ID NM 1937
For updates, maps, and technical information, see:
Event Page
or
USGS Earthquake Hazards Program
Center for Earthquake Research and Information
U.S. Geological Survey
University of Memphis

http://folkworm.ceri.memphis.edu/

5.0 Mb - KYRGYZSTAN

5.0 Mb - KYRGYZSTAN
Preliminary Earthquake Report

Magnitude 5.0 Mb
Date-Time
2 Mar 2010 01:55:39 UTC
2 Mar 2010 07:55:39 near epicenter
1 Mar 2010 19:55:39 standard time in your timezone
Location 42.542N 75.584E
Depth 17 km
Distances 77 km (48 miles) ESE (119 degrees) of BISHKEK (Frunze), Kyrgyzstan
132 km (82 miles) NNW (345 degrees) of Naryn, Kyrgyzstan
136 km (85 miles) SW (235 degrees) of Almaty, Kazakhstan
Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 14.6 km; Vertical 5.7 km
Parameters Nph = 78; Dmin = 42.3 km; Rmss = 0.80 seconds; Gp = 86°
M-type = Mb; Version = 6
Event ID US 2010tiaf
For updates, maps, and technical information, see:
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or
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National Earthquake Information Center
U.S. Geological Survey

http://neic.usgs.gov/

5.4 Mw - EAST OF SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS

5.4 Mw - EAST OF SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS
Preliminary Earthquake Report

Magnitude 5.4 Mw
Date-Time
28 Feb 2010 16:13:49 UTC
28 Feb 2010 15:13:49 near epicenter
28 Feb 2010 10:13:49 standard time in your timezone
Location 58.242S 8.004W
Depth 35 km
Distances
3185 km (1979 miles) ESE (123 degrees) of STANLEY, Falkland Islands
3342 km (2077 miles) SSW (208 degrees) of Cape Town, South Africa
Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 18.6 km; Vertical
Parameters Nph = 9; Dmin = 999.9 km; Rmss = 1.57 seconds; Gp = 122°
M-type = Mw; Version = 6
Event ID US 2010tgej
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4.6 Mb - CAYMAN ISLANDS REGION

4.6 Mb - CAYMAN ISLANDS REGION
Preliminary Earthquake Report

Magnitude 4.6 Mb
Date-Time
1 Mar 2010 16:05:38 UTC
1 Mar 2010 11:05:38 near epicenter
1 Mar 2010 10:05:38 standard time in your timezone
Location 18.921N 81.461W
Depth 9 km
Distances
43 km (27 miles) S (191 degrees) of GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands
45 km (28 miles) SSW (208 degrees) of Bodden Town, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
51 km (32 miles) S (185 degrees) of West Bay, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
375 km (233 miles) SSW (196 degrees) of Cienfuegos, Cienfuegos, Cuba
Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 10.2 km; Vertical 34.4 km
Parameters Nph = 36; Dmin = 421.7 km; Rmss = 1.22 seconds; Gp = 57°
M-type = Mb; Version = 6
Event ID US 2010thck
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4.6 Mb - HAITI REGION

4.6 Mb - HAITI REGION
Preliminary Earthquake Report

Magnitude 4.6 Mb
Date-Time
1 Mar 2010 10:37:37 UTC
1 Mar 2010 05:37:37 near epicenter
1 Mar 2010 04:37:37 standard time in your timezone
Location 18.442N 72.749W
Depth 10 km
Distances
31 km (20 miles) NW (315 degrees) of Jacmel, Sud-Est, Haiti
36 km (22 miles) WSW (254 degrees) of Carrefour, Ouest, Haiti
45 km (28 miles) WSW (255 degrees) of PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti
Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 12.2 km; Vertical
Parameters Nph = 21; Dmin = 33.3 km; Rmss = 1.41 seconds; Gp = 68°
M-type = Mb; Version = 7
Event ID US 2010thbt
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5.0 Mb - SICHUAN-GANSU BORDER REG, CHINA

5.0 Mb - SICHUAN-GANSU BORDER REG, CHINA
Preliminary Earthquake Report

Magnitude 5.0 Mb
Date-Time
1 Mar 2010 06:24:58 UTC
1 Mar 2010 14:24:58 near epicenter
1 Mar 2010 00:24:58 standard time in your timezone
Location
32.347N 105.178E
Depth
36 km
Distances
61 km (38 miles) W (261 degrees) of Guangyuan, Sichuan, China
111 km (69 miles) NNE (21 degrees) of Mianyang, Sichuan, China
191 km (119 miles) WSW (246 degrees) of Hanzhong, Shaanxi, China
1262 km (784 miles) N (357 degrees) of HANOI, Vietnam
Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 19.4 km; Vertical 41.1 km
Parameters
Nph = 20; Dmin = 999.9 km; Rmss = 0.98 seconds; Gp = 165°
M-type = Mb; Version = 7
Event ID US 2010tha2
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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Voodoo practitioners shrug off blame for Haitian quake

In a whirl of limbs and with eyes bulging, the woman is helped to a squat in the ramshackle shed and starts cackling maniacally like a terrified chicken."Kaaaa! Ka-ka-ka-ka-ka-ka," she screams and stutters, her right arm bent in front of her.Around her, the other Voodoo worshippers look on, unsurprised but expectant as their ceremony reaches its climactic mid-point. Someone ties a red cloth to her arm, which stops shaking.In their eyes, she is possessed by a spirit of the dead - one of the 220,000 estimated to have perished in Haiti's January quake perhaps - and is thus, in a way, blessed.When she picks up a rusty knife and swings clockwise around the room, gulping from a bottle of cherry-flavored alcohol, they do not draw away.Instead they embrace her, even kiss her. And in that way they are blessed, too...
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Picture Left:Haitian voodoo practitioners bathe in the Souvenance lake in Gonaives,west of Port-au-Prince. Photo: EPA/THONY BELIZAIRE

Haitian family survives 2 big quakes in 2 months

SAN BERNARDO, Chile – The Desarmes family left their native Haiti two weeks after the devastating Jan. 12 earthquake, joining the eldest 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 at 3:43 a.m. Saturday when one of the most powerful quakes on record shook a swath of Chile.All the Desarmes' immediate family survived both quakes. But twice cursed, the family now sleeps in the garden of a home that the eldest son, Pierre Desarmes, found for them just south of the Chilean capital of Santiago. They fear yet another temblor will strike."I left my country and came here because of an earthquake," Seraphin Philomene, a 21-year-old student and cousin of Desarmes, said Wednesday. "And here, the same thing!" "My God, I left my country and I didn't die, but I'm going to die here!"...

Israel woefully unprepared for earthquake

Like the residents of California, the citizens of Israel are waiting for "the big one."
Israel sits on one of the largest fault lines in the world, the Syria-Africa Rift, and experts are sure a major earthquake is going to take place here sooner or later.And when it does, those same experts say Israel is going to suffer massive devastation due to a lack of proper preparation.....

Chile military delivers aid, but 1st helps its own...

CONCEPCION, Chile – Four days after a deadly earthquake, Chile's military finally launched a massive humanitarian aid effort Wednesday that promised to improve an image long associated with dictatorship-era repression.Its first delivery went to a neighborhood of military families who already had food.
After days of looting, rifle-toting army troops occupied nearly every block of hard-hit Concepcion on Wednesday, enforcing a curfew that expired at noon with checkpoints throughout the city. With the streets more secure, they focused on aid.
Soldiers had worked overnight stuffing flour, canned beans, cooking oil and tea into hundreds of plastic bags that volunteers loaded into dump trucks for distribution to survivors, many of whom had gone without fresh food or drinking water since Saturday's quake....

Bachelet urges calm in Chile, aftershock sows fear

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet called on Chileans on Wednesday to rally around relief and reconstruction efforts, deflecting criticism that her government was slow to respond to one of the world's most powerful earthquakes in a century.
Four days after the 8.8-magnitude quake killed more than 800 people in central Chile, police and troops have managed to quell looting and violence in the hard-hit city of Concepcion, which was rocked by back-to-back aftershocks on Wednesday that sent people fleeing to the hills fearing a new tsunami.
With tensions still running high in the disaster area, an emotional Bachelet urged the population to remain calm in the face of Chile's worst natural disaster in 50 years. She also sought to allay concerns of potential food and fuel shortages....

Northwest at risk of megaquake like one in Chile

LOS ANGELES – Just 50 miles off the Pacific Northwest coast is an earthquake hotspot that threatens to unleash on Seattle, Portland and Vancouver the kind of damage that has shattered Chile. The fault has been dormant for more than 300 years, but when it awakens — tomorrow or decades from now — the consequences could be devastating.
Recent computer simulations of a hypothetical magnitude-9 quake found that shaking could last 2 to 5 minutes — strong enough to potentially cause poorly constructed buildings from British Columbia to Northern California to collapse and severely damage highways and bridges.
Such a quake would also send powerful tsunami waves rushing to shore in minutes. While big cities such as Portland and Seattle would be protected from severe flooding, low-lying seaside communities may not be as lucky.
The Pacific Northwest "has a long geological history of doing exactly what happened in Chile," said Brian Atwater, a geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey and University of Washington. "It's not a matter of if but when the next one will happen"...

Chile Earthquake May Have Shortened Earth's Day...

NEW YORK – Earth's days may have gotten a little bit shorter since the massive earthquake in Chile, but don't feel bad if you haven't noticed.The difference would be only about one-millionth of a second.
Richard Gross, a scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., and colleagues calculated that Saturday's quake shortened the day by 1.26 microseconds. A microsecond is one-millionth of a second.The length of a day is the time it takes for the planet to complete one rotation — 86,400 seconds or 24 hours...

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Aftershocks weaken Chile's quake-damaged buildings

CONCEPCION, Chile – A father's unanswered cry for his missing son rang out Saturday from the wreckage of a fallen 15-story apartment building that has become a symbol of Chile's devastating earthquake."Jose Luis! Jose Luis!" cried the man, Jose Leon, peering into holes in the concrete that had been carefully cut by rescuers who used body-sniffing dogs to help recover victims.
Emergency workers said Saturday that there is no hope of finding more survivors in the building, and that continuing aftershocks have made the rubble too unstable for firefighters to continue looking for 21-year-old Jose Luis Leon, the only known remaining victim not recovered. Shortly afterward, a huge yellow excavator began clawing into the concrete slabs and twisted metal to completely demolish the structure."The family understands that there is nothing else the firefighters can do," Cmdr. Juan Carlos Subercaseaux told Chile's Radio Cooperativa, suggesting that the son's body might be recoverable for burial once the demolition is done.
At least seven significant aftershocks shook Chile on Saturday, the largest with a preliminary magnitude of 5.1, according to the U.S. Geological Survey...

"Chile aftershocks could go on for years":scientists

A graphic on Chile's 8.8-magnitude earthquake.UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon was to visit the earthquake-struck Chilean city of Concepcion on Saturday as new fears spread among Chileans following three strong aftershocks.
(AFP/Graphic)

WASHINGTON-Chileans will be feeling aftershocks from the devastating 8.8-magnitude earthquake for months and possibly years to come, scientists said Friday, as three strong tremors rocked the country.
"The larger the earthquake, the larger the aftershocks, the more of them and the longer they're going to last," said John Bellini, a geophysicist at the US Geological Survey (USGS) in Colorado."They will wind down in number, but they will probably be noticeable to people for months and could go on possibly for years," he told AFP.
Chile has been rattled by more than 200 aftershocks since the historic monster quake struck the South American country six days ago, killing some 800 people as buildings collapsed and tsunamis swept people to sea....
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UN chief to visit quake-hit Chilean city

CONCEPCION, Chile-UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon was to visit the earthquake-struck Chilean city of Concepcion on Saturday as new fears spread among Chileans following three strong aftershocks.The Navy meanwhile sacked the head of the Oceanography Service, saying he had failed to provide a clear warning of the killer tsunami which followed Saturday's 8.8-quake, as criticism grew of the official disaster response...

CHILE SURVIVOR STORIES

SURVIVOR PULLED FROM THE RUBBLE

QUAKE SURVIVORS REUNITED

Chile rattled by strong aftershocks as UN chief visits

TALCA, Chile-Three strong aftershocks on Friday spread new fears among Chileans traumatized by a huge quake and tsunami, while visiting UN chief Ban Ki-moon pledged 10 million dollars in emergency aid.
The Navy meanwhile sacked the head of the Oceanography Service, saying he had failed to provide a clear warning of the killer tsunami which followed Saturday's 8.8-quake, as criticism grew of the official disaster response.
A first 6.2-magnitude aftershock jolted people awake at 6:20 am (0920 GMT), Friday just six days after the quake which, along with the tsunami, left more than 800 people dead and some two million homeless.
That was followed by a 6.8-magnitude tremor -- one of the strongest of more than 200 to rattle Chile since the weekend -- and another measuring 6.6....
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Picture Left:Residents wash clothes in a street in Concepcion, Chile.(AFP/Evaristo Sa)

EARTHQUAKE HINDERS TRAVEL

Billions for Haiti, a criticism for every dollar

Children wait for the inauguration of a school that will be run by an Israeli NGO at a camp for earthquake survivors in Port-au-Prince, Friday, March 5, 2010.
(AP Photo/Esteban Felix)
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – The world's bill for the Haitian earthquake is large and growing — now $2.2 billion — and so is the criticism about how the money is being spent.
A half-million homeless received tarps and tents; far more are still waiting under soggy bed sheets in camps that reek of human waste. More than 4.3 million people got emergency food rations; few will be able to feed themselves anytime soon. Medical aid went to thousands, but long-term care isn't even on the horizon.
International aid groups and officials readily acknowledge they are overwhelmed by the scale of the disaster. Haitian leaders — frustrated that billions are bypassing them in favor of U.N. agencies and American and other non-governmental organizations — are whipping up sentiment against foreign aid groups they say have gone out of control...
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Raw Video: Tsunami Drowns Chile Town

Dramatic amateur video was released on Thursday showing how a tsunami that followed the massive magnitude 8.8 quake wreaked havoc in the small town of Penco in southern Chile on Saturday

Chile Military Rolls Out Post-quake Aid Effort

Family Survives Haiti, Then Chile Quakes

Twice lucky or twice cursed? The Desarmes family survived the earthquake in Haiti, only to be slammed in Chile

Aid Arriving for Desperate Chilean Quake Victims

The Chilean military's humanitarian aid effort hit the streets, carrying food and water to some areas that had seen little of either since a mammoth earthquake struck five days ago. The AP's Jason Bronis has more from Concepcion, Chile.

Rapid recovery seen for quake-hit Chilean economy

Chile is braced for billions of dollars in loses stemming from Saturday's massive earthquake, but the country's reputation for sound economic management has investors predicting a recovery within months.
The devastation wrought by the enormous 8.8 magnitude quake, which killed more than 700 people, is painfully evident from the innumerable collapsed buildings and the decimated infrastructure -bridges torn apart and roads split asunder.Total economic losses from the quake could exceed 15 billion dollars, according to EQECAT and AIR Worldwide, two firms which model the impact of disasters.That could wipe out around 10 percent of the country's gross domestic product. A disaster with a similar economic impact in the United States would cost a staggering 1.42 trillion dollars.The effects of the temblor rippled through world markets on Monday, as major exchanges opened for the first time since the quake. Initial economic concerns focused on the impact on copper supply...
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Picture Left:Carabineros clean mud off a street after a tsunami and a massive 8.8 magnitude earthquake caused severe wreckage in Talcahuano, 20 kms from Concepcion, Chile on March 1, 2010.Photo courtesy AFP

VISITING THE QUAKE EPICENTER

USGS: Chile Earthquake 'Alarming'

Jessica Sigala, from the USGS tells CBS News Chile's earthquake was far more powerful than the one in Haiti and has sent strong waves prompting tsunami warnings in the Pacific...

Reporter's Notebook: Devastation in Chile

The AP's Jason Bronis shows the extensive damage in Concepcion, the continuing struggle to survive in the city and the massive undertaking to broadcast news from the devastate region...

Tsunami arrives in Japan...

LOOTING AN ISSUE IN CHILE

Post-quake chaos, looting wound Chile's pride

CONCEPCION,Chile–Chile's president defended herself Tuesday against charges of government incompetence in a disaster that not only shattered lives and property but challenged the nation's very identity.
A society built on pride in its wealth and orderliness found itself suddenly facing gangs of rioters, a wounded economy and a shaken sense of civic responsibility. A government that sent 15 tons of food and medicine, a search and rescue team and 20 doctors to Haiti after the earthquake there found itself seeking emergency aid from other countries.In Lota, a former coal mining town of 30,000 along the heavily damaged coast, Mayor Jorge Venegas said Tuesday that a "psychosis" had taken hold.A gas station went up in flames, gunfire rattled through the night and residents guarded streets against roaming bands of looters, he told Radio Bio Bio. He said 2,000 homes had been destroyed, thousands were living in the streets and people were wielding guns, iron bars and long sticks to protect their possessions.
"It's urgent that the army reach our city," Venegas pleaded....
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Picture Left:A police officer aims at people that were looting goods from a store damaged during the magnitude-8.8 earthquake in Talcahuano, Chile,Tuesday,March 2,2010.(AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)

Chile Earthquake May Have Shortened Days on Earth

The massive 8.8 earthquake that struck Chile may have changed the entire Earth's rotation and shortened the length of days on our planet, a NASA scientist said Monday.
The quake, the seventh strongest earthquake in recorded history, hit Chile Saturday and should have shortened the length of an Earth day by 1.26 milliseconds, according to research scientist Richard Gross at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.
"Perhaps more impressive is how much the quake shifted Earth's axis," NASA officials said in a Monday update.
The computer model used by Gross and his colleagues to determine the effects of the Chile earthquake effect also found that it should have moved Earth's figure axis by about 3 inches (8 cm or 27 milliarcseconds)....

Friday, March 5, 2010

Woman's trek to find son inspires

SANTIAGO, Chile – A woman who hitchhiked 400 kilometers (250 miles) to find her 8-year-old son safe after Chile's earthquake and tsunami is urging her fellow citizens to persevere as the country struggles to recover.
Denisse Quezada, 32, had left her son, Matias, with his grandparents for summer vacation in the Pacific beach resort of Curanipe. When she couldn't get through by telephone after Saturday's magnitude-8.8 quake and tsunami, she decided to leave her Santiago home on foot."When you have a child, you will do anything for him," Quezada said Thursday."I saw the death and destruction were widespread and I told myself I couldn't stay — he's my only child," she said, adding that she started out against her husband's advice.Quezada hitchhiked south — assisted by motorists and even police who heard of her trek from a Santiago radio and TV station — and reached Curanipe late Sunday. The town was devastated by the tsunami, but Matias and his grandparents had fled to a hilltop after the earthquake and were safe."I found him on the hill. At first I didn't recognize him because he was so dirty," Quezada said.
President Michelle Bachelet congratulated Quezada and her son Wednesday.
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PICTURE LEFT:Denisse Quezada poses with her 8-year-old son Mathias for a photo in Santiago, Chile, Thursday, March 4, 2010.(AP Photo/Jorge Sanchez)

Chile says rebuilding after quake could take years

DICHATO, Chile – Chile's president says it will take three years to rebuild the region wracked by an earthquake and tsunami, something all too clear to the people cleaning up this splintered tourist town.
Dichato is nestled between pine-forested hills and a lovely sheltered bay where colorful fishing boats served coastal communities and export companies. Its population of 4,000 triples each January and February with tourists — many were in town when disaster struck — and residents count on that brief summer vacation for much of their income. The quake and tsunami killed at least 19 people in Dichato and smashed neat wooden houses and small hotels into huge splinter piles. The surge ruined most other buildings in town, which stank Thursday with decomposing fish. One fishing boat marooned far inland was full of rotting octopus...
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Picture Left:Boats lay among damaged homes in Dichato, Chile, Thursday, March 4, 2010.(AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko, Pool)

AFTERSHOCKS CAUSE PANIC....

CONCEPCION MOOD CALMER

PARENTS SEARCH FOR SON

Pictured: Body of looter left dying by side of the road after being hit by car in aftermath of Chile earthquake

Bloody and broken, this is the body of a looter in Chile who was hit by a car as he tried to escape with his loot from a market in Santiago.His horrific fate came as the Chilean government was forced to send in 10,000 troops to manage the chaos as earthquake survivors scramble for food and water.The Chilean military was last night trying to restore order as looters swept the devastated streets of the country's second city
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Picture Left:Chaos: A looter attends to another who was hit by a car while stealing merchandise from a market in Santiago

CHILEAN GIRL SAVES ISLAND

Chilean death toll revised downward

Concepcion, Chile--The death toll in Chile was revised downward Thursday as authorities reviewed discrepancies in the reported number of dead in the Maule region.
Deputy Interior Minister Patricio Rosende said the casualty count in Maule, originally reported at 587, included more than 200 people who are missing but not confirmed dead. Therefore, the official nationwide death toll is lower than the 802 figure given by emergency authorities.In an attempt to reduce confusion, Rosende read aloud the names of 279 Chileans who had been killed and identified by Thursday evening. He said he would update that official number regularly. This new tally does not account for hundreds of unidentified victims.
With disasters of this magnitude, "the number of dead change daily," Rosende said. "It takes months sometimes to compile the information because one of the biggest problems in the affected areas is the lack of precision and uncertainty at the scene"...

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

CHAOS IN CHILE:Chilean rescue crews stepping up search for survivors

Tsunami Sweeps Away Entire Towns in Chile

TALCAHUANO, Chile — When the shaking stopped, Marioli Gatica and her extended family huddled in a circle on the floor of their seaside wooden home in this gritty port town, listening to the radio by a lantern's light.
They heard firefighters urging Talcahuano's citizens to stay calm and stay inside. They heard nothing of a tsunami — until it slammed into their house with an unearthly roar about an hour after Saturday's magnitude 8.8 quake.
Gatica's house exploded with water. She and her family were swept below the surface, swirling amid loose ship containers and other massive debris that smashed buildings into oblivion all around them.
"We were sitting there one moment and the next I looked up into the water and saw cables and furniture floating," Gatica said....
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Looters walk across a field with merchandise they stole from a market in Santiago February 28, 2010.(Reuters)

PANIC AFTER TSUNAMI WARNING....

More than 2 million affected by earthquake, Chile's president says


Santiago, Chile--As the sun set in Chile on Saturday, a picture of the immense structural damage wrought by an early morning earthquake had come clearly into focus, with the nation's president estimating that 2 million people had been affected in some way.
More than 300 people were killed, according to Chile's Office of Emergency Management, and 15 are missing.
The carnage from the 8.8-magnitude quake didn't begin to approach that unleashed by January's earthquake in Haiti, which left 212,000 people dead and more than a million homeless, even though it was considerably less forceful, with a 7.0 magnitude.
Saturday's quake was 700 to 800 times stronger, but at a greater depth -- 21.7 miles -- compared to the shallow 8.1-mile depth of the Haiti quake, which contributed to much of the damage there...

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Camera Rolls During Chile Quake...

Chilean Olympian Thanking God

Chile's Quake The 5th Largest....

TOURIST'S QUAKE EXPERIENCE

CNN's Ralitsa Vassileva talks with Antal Roos, a Dutch visitor who has been in Chile for the past week...

CAUGHT ON CAMERA:Chile Quake Aftermath.....

VIDEO:
Grim Week Begins...
Building Split In Two...
Cars Flipped
Looters Storm Stores...

Chile Quake Death Roll Rises To 708

SANTIAGO, Chile -President Michelle Bachelet says that Chile's earthquake killed at least 708 people - sharply increasing the known death toll.
The president tells a news conference that the country faces "a catastrophe of such unthinkable magnitude that it will require a giant effort" for Chile to recover....