Comparing Haiti and Chile Earthquakes

28 Feb

Despite the size of the earthquake in Chile being two orders of magnitude worse than that of Haiti’s – the damage is going to be substantially different for a number of reasons. First, the Chilean quake epicenter was along the coastline in Chile, which is sparsely populated. Second, because Chile has had numerous earthquakes, with the most active geological fault in the world running down the center of the country, they have extensive knowledge (and building codes) in the area of building earthquake resistant structures. Coastal Chile has a history of deadly earthquakes, with 13 temblors of magnitude 7.0 or higher since 1973 – as a result, newer buildings are constructed to help withstand the shocks.

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Most of the serious damage in Chile will be a long the coastline and the major highway running North-South, although damage in Santiago is reported to be substantial.

Saturday’s quake was 700 to 800 times stronger than the 7.0-magnitude quake that struck Haiti in January, leaving 212,000 people dead and more than a million homeless.

However, it occurred 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. As such, the basic infrastructure damage (hospitals, fire, police) hopefully is far, far less than the total destruction we saw in Haiti.

With that said, the people of Chile will still need international support, to get food and materials on the ground until the Chilean Government can put things back together. Unlike Haiti, Chile has a strong, stable government, and the most stable economy in South America.

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Posted by on February 28, 2010 in News, The Post-Racial Life


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4 responses to “Comparing Haiti and Chile Earthquakes

  1. Constructive Feedback

    March 1, 2010 at 9:18 AM

    Your consciousness seems to be improving. I would have sworn that you’d say that Chile, unlike Haiti was never a French Colony and that Bush had never sent the CIA into Chile to kidnap the president.

    You didn’t even mention Pinochet.

    Are you sure that you don’t have a fever from the recent snow storms (which Global Warming hath triggered?). You don’t appear to be yourself.

    You didn’t even mention the LOOTING in Chile as a means of offsetting that which occurred in Haiti and New Orleans.


    • btx3

      March 1, 2010 at 2:55 PM

      Damn! That Internet education thing is really working! I mean, you actually spelled Chile correctly and even correctly identified it’s previous Dictator!

      At this rate, your IQ level might even rise faster than Global Warming!


  2. brotherbrown

    March 1, 2010 at 11:36 PM

    Feedback, Damn.

    We’ve had quite a bit of seismic activity in my local area. A week and a half ago, we had a series of 3.3 or greater earthquakes at 11:53a, 11:54a and 11:57a in roughly the same location, at slightly different depths. I feel there is a correlation between all this rain, which soaks the landscape, and landslides, quakes and other earth movements.

    I’ve got an company-wide evacuation planned for this week and am part of an upcoming local area drill. I take it very seriously.


  3. Daniel MacMullin

    March 3, 2010 at 9:52 AM

    Sam Congdon and Daniel MacMullin are the offshore promoters that have scammed people in the past and provided client records to the IRS and U.S. Senate Finance Committee in exchange for immunity. Their companies, Rockford Global Solutions and Equity Development Group are still operating so do not get involved with these companies unless you want trouble with legal authorities or to do jail time.



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