Earthquake off the Chile Coast – 6 Dead

April 1st, 2014 at 8:45 pm by under Bill's Blog, News, Weather

earthquake chile   Quake Video here – “Heavy Shaking”.  A magnitude 8.2  earthquake has hit 62 miles NW of Iquique, Chile, at 7:46 pm EDT Tuesday evening.  The quake prompted a Tsunami Watch and Warning, which has now been cancelled.     Here’s more.

Forecast tsunami height map.  Approximate tsunami arrival times are here.   Map of tsunami moving across the Pacific Ocean.   Tsunami sirens sounded on the Chilean Coast.  Lowland areas being evacuated.  There were reports of a 7-foot tsunami on the Chilean Coast.   Chile ONEMI Emerg, Ofc says reports of landslides partially blocking roads.  Live coverage in Spanish.    One of top 5 strongest quakes since 2000.  Aftershocks occurring, strongest was magnitude 6.2.   Four aftershocks over magnitude 5.0 in the first few hours after the main quake.    The 8.2 earthquake would be 22,387 times more powerful than the recent earthquake in Los Angeles Co.    The quake depth was 6.2 miles.  Church steeple toppled in Huara.   Sea-level gauge shoots up as tsunami comes in.   More video.   There are several earthquake related fires.     All flights to and from Iquique, Chile, have been cancelled. The airport control tower has been damaged.  Mayor of Juan Fernandez island, Chile reports that the island was completely evacuated.  E-quake felt in Peru and Bolivia.  Tsunami wave height of 7.6 feet at Pisagua, Chile.   Iquique is reported to have a 90-100% power outage in the entire city.  Two large fires in Iquique.   The highest tsunami waves yet recorded were 2.5 meter waves in the port city of Iquique.  For context, the tsunami that struck Japan in March 2011 included waves of around 10 meters, reaching to up to 40 metres.   The Boxing Day tsunami, the deadliest on record, included initial waves of up to 33 meters.

33 Responses to “Earthquake off the Chile Coast – 6 Dead”

  1. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

    Oh oh… lots of earthquakes around the world lately. This one appears to be the worst.

  2. steven (Derby Lake) says:

    I called it the other day on one of the blog topics. The ring of fire has been hot lately. I predicted an 8.5 would happen somewhere in it soon.

    1. steven (Derby Lake) says:

      Right here. My guess is it won’t be the last one in the next few weeks.

  3. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

    Hawaii would see waves at 9:24AM tomorrow. Hopefully they aren’t too big, but warnings and watches may be possible.

    1. steven (Derby Lake) says:

      That would be 9:24 EDT or 3:24 PT. ;)

  4. Brian(Grandville) says:

    In comparison, both the Sumatra 2004, and Japan 2011 quakes were at a depth of around 30 miles. This would have been much closer to the surface.

    1. Brian(Grandville) says:

      That’s actually 30 kilometers which would be about 16 miles, not 30 miles.

  5. Jennifer says:

    *Colombia*…no ‘u’

  6. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:
    it looks like an April Fools’ Day joke, but it actually isn’t. Crazy!

  7. steven (Derby Lake) says:

    6 foot tsunami wave

  8. steven (Derby Lake) says:

    West coast of the U.S is now under a Tsunami watch

    1. The Weather Princess says:

      Just checked this website…

      No Tsunami Warnings, Advisories or Watches are in effect.

      This would be for any US coastal areas.

  9. mr. negative says:

    Happens hundreds of times everyday…always has, always will

    1. Larry of Hastings, barry co says:

      Mr. Negative…

    2. Steven(DerbyLake) says:

      Not 8.0 or higher. Once a year on average.

  10. Jack says:

    Whoops Bill ya Got a TYPO Here :::: Two large fries in Iquique. Kinda gave me chuckle ….I’ll take a LG. COKE with that….stay Cued… ;-) .

  11. Larry of Hastings, barry co says:

    Mr. Negative…

    1. Larry of Hastings, barry co says:

      ….doesn’t care.

  12. mr. negative says:

    Not trying to be an alarmist, but…there was no moon last night before the clouds rolled in. Just checked a minute ago, and it’s still “missing”. Checked all the networks, and no one has noticed this yet! Is this the reason for the “end of days” climate change reports yesterday?…or do I have a scoop?

    1. Bill Steffen says:

      I guarantee that if we pass a massive carbon tax, the moon will be back in just a few days.

      BTW, after NBC led the Monday Nightly News with Climate Change hyperbole, there was nothing about it on their website Tues. am. I did a search for “Climate Change” and up first was this tear-jerker: Never mind that tens (possibly hundreds) of thousands of deer have starved or frozen to death because of the cold in the Northern Hemisphere this winter: Bet those deer aren’t too concerned about “global warming”.

      1. Bernie at the lakeshore says:

        I have deer in my backyard at this very moment and a few hunters I know have voiced concerns that it will be too cold when the fawns are born this year.

  13. Jack says:

    LATEST Update on Death Toll CHILIE ::: By Associated Press, Published: April 1 | Updated: Wednesday, April 2, 12:26 AM
    SANTIAGO, Chile — Chile’s interior minister says the death toll has risen to five from a powerful magnitude-8.2 earthquake that struck off northern Chile hours ago. The quake forced evacuations along the country’s entire Pacific coast for fear of tsunamis.

    Interior Minister Rodrigo Penailillo attributed the five deaths to heart attacks or being crushed.
    :-( . :-(

  14. YeahThatDan says:

    Wow that! Earth quake. Will we see a earth quake soon? I could see one on April 20. Or around there. Wow! Will it ever get. Warm. And how about them Tigers! Win one for coach Leland. Stay cued.

    1. Jack says:

      lololololololol…..Stay CUED……..YTD….. ;-)

  15. Kathleen says:

    Could the earthquake that was just in CA have been a warning to this big one in Chili because they are all part of the “ring of fire”?

    1. steven (Derby Lake) says:

      Pretty unlikely. The 5.0 or higher ones they had been having in Chile region over the past couple weeks was an indicator. It’s just impossible to predict when a major one could happen. That area has the highest risk in the world for earthquakes. I would say anything higher than a 3.0 on a daily basis would be normal.

      The one in CA is normal, but it just that it happened in a highly populated area. 3.5 to 4.0 can be daily events in that area. I think about 3 weeks ago now, Japan, which is also part of the Ring of Fire had about a 6.7 quake.

      On average 8.0 or higher earthquakes only happen about once a year. If it stays active, it’s definitely possible 2 more could happen. It’s only the first of April.

  16. Bernie at the lakeshore says:

    Just a few days ago I had read a report of swarms of small earthquakes in the area near the Chile/Peru border.
    Anotherwords this quake was practically predicted.

    This quake had a slightly better warning than the 4 second warning for the earthquake in California the other day.

    Someday the same computers that create weather models will be able to forcast earthquake. A combination of geophones and GPS data will enable this.

    1. bluegill says:

      There have been a lot of quakes in the area of the 8.2 recently, so many of the people were prepared. I returned from living in Chile this past fall and quakes in the 4.5 to 5 range are kind of like snow here. People don’t even talk about them because they happen so often. The coverage of the 4.6 in CA was media hype as it is pretty easy to sleep through a 4.6 and I am a light sleeper. Chile has very good architecture codes, so there isn’t as much damage as other countries may experience. Many buildings don’t have heat (gas) because the pipes would leak after a series of quakes.

  17. steven (Derby Lake) says:

    Quote from the USGS

    But Tuesday night’s quake was not the big one seismologists expect eventually.

    “Could be tomorrow, could be in 50 years; we do not know when it’s going to occur. But the key point here is that this magnitude-8.2 is not the large earthquake that we were expecting for this area. We’re actually still expecting potentially an even larger earthquake,” said Mike Simons, a seismologist at the Geological Survey

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