An 8.8 quake hit Chile early this morning (February 27, 2010). Will the damage and loss of life be similar to May 22, 1960 when the largest earthquake ever recorded (9.5 magnitude) hit the same area?

AP early this morning:

A massive 8.8-magnitude earthquake capable of tremendous damage struck central Chile early Saturday, shaking the capital for a minute and half and setting off a tsunami. . . . The largest earthquake ever recorded struck the same area of Chile on May 22, 1960. The magnitude-9.5 quake killed 1,655 people and left 2 million homeless. The tsunami that it caused killed people in Hawaii, Japan and the Philippines and caused damage to the west coast of the United States.

Expect Pat Robertson to weigh in anon. Will he declare that God is angry at the nation of Chile for adopting Milton Friedman’s free market policies?

Here’s the city of Concepcion, which is 70 miles from the epicenter of this morning’s earthquake:

And here’s a choral symphony performance at Concepcion’s university:

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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