End Times News Update
Sign: Earthquakes (8.3m)
Scripture: Matthew 24:7
News Source: My Way News
Strong quake shakes Chile, tsunami warning issued
Sep 16, 9:39 PM (ET)
By LUIS ANDRES HENAO and EVA VERGARA
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A powerful magnitude-8.3 earthquake hit off
Chile’s northern coast Wednesday night, causing buildings to sway in
the capital of Santiago and prompting authorities to issue a tsunami
warning for the Andean nation’s entire coast.
Officials reported one death in a town north of the capital and heavy
waves and some flooding in a handful of coastal cities.
The tremor was so strong that people on the other side of the
continent, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, reported feeling it.
Four aftershocks above magnitude-6 and other strong shakes rattled the
region after the first major tremor since a powerful quake and tsunami
killed hundreds in 2010 and leveled part of the city of Concepcion in
Jorge Medina, a Santiago resident, said he was in an aerobics class
when the quake hit.
“People started screaming that everything was shaking,” he said.
Officials ordered people to evacuate low-lying areas along the 2,400
miles (3,900 kilometers) of Chile’s Pacific shore, from Puerto Aysen
in the south to Arica in the north. Fishing boats headed out to sea
and cars streamed inland carrying people to higher ground. Santiago’s
main airport was evacuated as a precaution.
Authorities said some adobe houses collapsed in the inland city of
Illapel, about 175 miles (280 kilometers) north of Santiago. Illapel
is about 34 miles (55 kilometers) east of the quake’s epicenter.
Illapel’s mayor, Denis Cortes, told a local television station that a
woman had been killed in the city but declined to give any details.
Electricity was knocked out, leaving the city in darkness. “We are
very scared. Our city panicked,” Cortes said.
The U.S. Geological Survey initially reported the quake at a
preliminary magnitude of 7.9 but quickly revised the reading upward to
8.3. Chilean authorities put the magnitude at 8.4.
U.S. officials said the quake struck just offshore in the Pacific at
7:54 p.m. (6:54 p.m. EDT, 1154 GMT) and was centered about 141 miles
(228 kilometers) north-northwest of Santiago. It said the quake was
7.4 miles (12 kilometers) below the surface.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a tsunami watch for Hawaii,
saying that if the quake did generate a strong tsunami the surge would
arrive about 3 a.m. local time Thursday.
A magnitude-8.8 quake and ensuing tsunami in south-central Chile in
2010 killed more than 500 people, destroyed 220,000 homes, and washed
away docks, riverfronts and seaside resorts. That quake released so
much energy, it actually it shortened the Earth’s day by a fraction of
a second by changing the planet’s rotation.
The quake had huge ramifications, both political and practical,
prompting the Andean nation to improve its alert systems for both
quakes and tsunamis.
Chile is one of the world’s most earthquake-prone countries because
just off the coast, the Nazca tectonic plate plunges beneath the South
American plate, pushing the towering Andes cordillera to ever-higher
The strongest earthquake ever recorded on Earth happened in Chile – a
magnitude-9.5 tremor in 1960 that killed more than 5,000 people.
Source: My Way News