The death toll continues to rise after the gigantic Chile earthquake 2010 struck the central area of the country. Measuring 8.8 on the Richter Scale its epicenter was 317km south-west of the capital Santiago.
Chile Earthquake 2010
The US Geological Survey (USGS) said the earthquake struck at 0634 GMT at a depth of about 59.4km. As of 23:30 GMT the death toll has soared to 708 and the Chilean government are incredibly concerned this is sure to rise. Thankfully all fears of a pacific-wide tsunami have passed.
Vibrations were felt in the capital where buildings swayed for around 20 seconds and telecommunications as well as electricity were said to have been affected. Coming so soon after the terrible quake in Haiti eyes will be on the first responders to ensure whatever rescue effort that needs to take place will happen without delay. The main airport has reopened allowing much needed aid to be flown in and roads are mainly usable.
541 have died in Maule region, 64 in Biobio and a total of 103 in other areas.
Tragedy has befallen the small fishing village of Constitucion where 300 are known to have perished. Rescuers are attempting to extract people from collapsed buildings and the government has declared a curfew in two of the worst-hit areas to all the army to support police in preventing unrest in Concepcion.
In 1960 Chile suffered the largest magnitude earthquake in the 20th century when a 9.5 quake killed 1655 people. So far it is estimated that about 230,000 people have died in the Haiti disaster this January after their 7.0 magnitude quake and over the past few years this form of natural disaster has become increasingly devastating.
These quotes are tweets pulled from Twitter:
“Huge earthquake just now in Chile!!….I swear I thought this was the end of my life!!!!!”
“F***!!!!!! I take it all back everybody!!….I just escaped w my life,from an 8.3 earthquake!!!…is everybody ok?…where was the epicenter?”
“Complete and utter choas on the streets…no power…my heart is beatin outta my chest!….tsunami warnin…I am only a mile inland!”
We will return with more on the Chile earthquake 2010 when further details emerge.