My God. It has happened again! this time in Chile. what the hell is going on in 2010? 2 massive world disasters in the first two months. The earthquake hit at 3:34am today with a magnitude of 8.8 on the Richter scale which makes it one of the worst earthquakes ever. So far over 140 deaths have been counted Just as we thought things couldn’t get any worse the earthquake also triggered a Tsunami which is navigating its way around the Pacific Ocean and set to arrive in Hawaii in a few hours time. It’s surreal that we’re all waiting for it to happen and have no power whatsoever to prevent it from happening despite all of our technological advances. It’s scary to say the least. Information on how to donate and photos after the jump.
It is times like this we as humans need to stand together and donate/give aid to the people of Chile and Haiti. Google has set up a page where you can donate easily – click here.
Chile’s President Michelle Bachelet has declared a “state of catastrophe” following the most powerful quake to hit the nation for half a century.
It measured a significant 8.8 on the Richter scale and struck at 03:34am (06:34am UK time). The epicentre was at a depth of 22 miles. The director of the National Emergency Office said the number of people killed was not expected to rise dramatically from the current total. She added that it will take at least three days to assess the full extent of the damage. The massive tremor unleashed a tsunami measuring 7.7ft that crashed onto the coastal town of Talcahuano.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said at least 10 other coastal towns had been hit by towering waves. In the popular tourist destination of French Polynesia, a 6ft tsunami struck the Gambier islands but there are no reports of casualties or major damage. And a 20cm tsunami hit New Zealand’s eastern Chatham Islands, with officials warning of bigger waves to follow. Tsunami warnings have been issued for South American nations as well Hawaii, Australia, Japan, the Philippines, Russia and many Pacific islands.
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