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February 27, 2010

8.8-Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Chile

Posted: 02:01 PM ET

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Santiago, Chile (CNN) - A massive magnitude 8.8 earthquake rocked Chile early Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, killing at least 122 people and triggering tsunami warnings for the entire Pacific basin.

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Warning sirens were sounded in Hawaii at 6 a.m., although any possible tsunami would not strike for several hours. Tsunamis can travel at 400 to 500 mph, the speed of a jet plane, said Georgia Tech geology professor Kurt Frankel.

A large wave killed three people and 10 were missing on the island of Juan Fernandez, 400 miles (643 km) off the coast of Chile, said Provincial Governor Ivan De La Maza.

On mainland Chile, the task of trying to save survivors and recover the dead was fully under way by late morning. Buildings lay in rubble, bridges and highway overpasses were toppled and roads buckled like rumpled paper.

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patucha   February 27th, 2010 2:34 pm ET

Praying for Chile and those around that are also affected.
From Argentina. We are with you! ❤


IKHAN   February 27th, 2010 4:24 pm ET

Larry,
We are still reeling from the devastation witnessed in Haiti & now this.
Its indeed a miracle that the earthquake struck off the least populated coastal areas otherwise the destruction & loss of life would have been horrific.
What are we doing to be prepared for such a disaster on our soil. Spending treasure on wars & talking of more wars instead of reinforcing our capabilities to deal with such situations , homeland security,infrastructure, health care & welfare of the American people.
Do we have now enough to help out other countries grappling with disasters, poverty & disease???


Maria Copelli   February 27th, 2010 5:30 pm ET

Praying again for these countries to be safe ,and to have a;l the help support they need.Love Maria C.


A. Smith, Oregon   February 27th, 2010 6:34 pm ET

A powerful earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.9 rattled Japan's southern islands early Saturday, injuring two and initially prompting fears of a tsunami.

There were no reports of serious damage from the quake, believed to be the strongest in a century to hit Japan's southern Okinawa Island. Japan's Kyodo news agency said two people were hurt, but there were no reports of any deaths.

The quake occurred off the coast of the island of Okinawa at a depth of 6.2 miles (10 kilometers) at 5:31 a.m. Saturday (2031 GMT Friday), the Meteorological Agency said.


A. Smith, Oregon   February 27th, 2010 6:38 pm ET

Thankfully the Great earthquake that struck Chile was several hundred kilometers offshore. It was 1000 times stronger than the one that struck Haiti near its capitol of Port au Prince.

The modern buildings in Chile and in Santiago which was closest to the epicenter are built to withstand moderate earthquakes like those in California.

Nonetheless, a earthquake of 8.8 is an enormous release of energy which was traveling up the mountains of Argentina as I watched this tragedy unfold last night some 30 minutes later!


A. Smith, Oregon   February 27th, 2010 6:41 pm ET

Earlier reports were that 40 METER waves consumed some of the offshore islands off the coastline of Chile shortly after the Great earthquake of 8.8 occurred. How tall is a 40 Meter wave?

131 FEET !


Patricia M.   February 27th, 2010 7:04 pm ET

This was the worst experience i have had during my years of life. It was really terrible !!! In moments like these one just think how unstable is nature and that we are all creatures of God . Maybe events like these will help embrace the cause of peace around the world.
Thanks for your concerns!!
from Santiago,Chile.


Dodie   February 27th, 2010 7:10 pm ET

8.8 earthquakes is gargantuan. Thankfully Chili has not received extensive damage. Chili is on the ‘Rim of fire” along with California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Japan, etc. . The earthquake in Chili was deep in the earth and off shore. I only remember one larger earthquake which was located in Hawaii in the 1960s. It was felt on all the islands.

Kailua, Oahu was destroyed by a tsunami in 1946 resulting from an Alaskan earthquake. Every building in that area was leveled and had to be rebuilt. Kailua was also hit from another Alaskan earthquake in 1964. Raised by the ocean in Kailua, I remember we gathered everything we could pack in our car along with our pets and drove up the Pali highway. When we finally went back to our home, some of it was filled with ocean water! You could see all the debris on the beach. It was truly a very eerie and unsettling feeling.


A. Smith, Oregon   February 27th, 2010 7:17 pm ET

So much for the Republican Party pundits that Global Warming doesn't exist. The earth's plates are expanding and energy is being released and Magma movement is increasing.


A. Smith, Oregon   February 27th, 2010 7:25 pm ET

Yikes @ Dodie that is a flashback moment re: Alaskan earthquake in 1964. I went thru Crescent City, California a few hours after the Tidal Wave washed over much of that city (shallow water port and inlet) and the mass devastation was very visible! Entire business districts missing, sand dunes where homes previously existed, some hoses where a gas station once stood. People think of a Tidal Wave as just another large wave, however its more like a SOS scrubbing pad that removes a great deal of infra-structure!


Natalie   February 27th, 2010 7:40 pm ET

There was an young announcer today who said "these are the BEST pictures of Chile." How dare he use the word "BEST" pictures in the face of destruction and death!! He could have used "most powerful pictures" or "worst pictures of destruction and death" rather than "BEST" pictures! There are no "BEST" pictures at this time of sorrow. I hope families who lost family in those pictures do not hear what he said. Shame on him!! (Did not get his name.)


PROF Dave W. Dawson   February 27th, 2010 7:50 pm ET

*** AND THERE WILL BE MORE EARTHQUAKES .... ***
Even if God was not our Controller, Statistics are.


Dodie   February 27th, 2010 8:13 pm ET

@ A. Smith, Oregon

OMG A. Smith... yes flash back! I remember we listened to the reports on Crescent City, California as if it hit hard there, we had an hour to get to higher ground. Actually I heard Crescent city was hit harder than Hawaii. I was raised on the ocean so our home was the first to be wiped out! I remember climbing on the roof of our home as I wanted to watch the tsunami come in....and my family was very angry with me. lol

A. Smith. You know this ages both of us! LOL


Fabricio   February 27th, 2010 8:17 pm ET

This is a big dissaster...in Concepcion and Talcahuano, ports cityes nearest to the center of the earthquake...has been impacted by 20 meters waves...the intensity was 9 in richter scale and there are several buildings with structural damage and people inside...

We need your help...we are overcoming the process but with the hours we see that the impact is massive...

Good night from Santiago, Chile.


A. Smith, Oregon   February 27th, 2010 8:25 pm ET

News Alert! Extended unemployment insurance to run out this Sunday due to a Republican Senator Filibuster. Next vote is set for this Tuesday.

Sen. Jim Bunning, R-Ky., couldn't be more widely despised than he was, but he has succeeded in diminishing his already low stature. He says that his filibuster against extended unemployment insurance benefits is spurred by his concern over the federal deficit. The jobless and their children may depend on that assistance for rent and food, but Bunning insists that the Obama administration use stimulus funding to pay for unemployment extensions. He doesn’t give a damn that on Sunday benefits will run out for hundreds of thousands of struggling families.

Part of this story on this Republican Senator Party of NO seems to omit the fact that Senator Bunning was upset Thursday night because he missed the Kentucky-South Carolina basketball game. He claimed that Senate Democrats had ambushed him and kept him at work until just before midnight on purpose trying to get him to stop his filibuster. He missed his game!


A. Smith, Oregon   February 27th, 2010 8:33 pm ET

@ Dodie, LOL, yes I climbed up on a large sea wall on a cliff overlooking the Ocean to watch the tsunami come to shore. After the tidal wave has advanced a short distance inland there is so much debris in the water that people and animals are smashed and bashed before they are eventually dragged back with the receding water.


Dodie   February 27th, 2010 8:46 pm ET

A. Smith, Oregon,,, I guess we were both brats as children. lol However, that must have been extremely difficult to witness... to actually watch all the tragedy as it unfolded!


Maura   February 27th, 2010 9:05 pm ET

I'm sending plenty of love and prayers to you Chile. May God bless you and protect you.


michael armstrong sr.   February 27th, 2010 10:15 pm ET

I think the under water wave is so strong that it just raced by the islands to hit the other Continent only to rebound to reverse the wave and start a giant Title Wave back back towards our west coast .


Robert   February 27th, 2010 10:42 pm ET

Tsunami means Harbor wave


Sharon Wilkens   February 27th, 2010 10:45 pm ET

I am concerned about the children of Haiti. I know that right now Chile tops the news as it should, but the children of Haiti are in tent cities when they could be in orphanges being well taken care of while looking for their families. I think it is criminal that organizations can do this to "real, living people". These children may die without help. A firsthand experience tells it like it is and it is not good. The women and children are so vulnerable, and at night the men in the tent cities suround them to protect them. They have no privacy, and the conditions are deplorable. Why is this happening?


daniel in japan   February 27th, 2010 10:47 pm ET

sirens going off, police roaming the streets and news programs buzzing te television with warning messages in may dif. languages....scary stuff and thats only in Aichi prefecture in Japan.


Darryl   February 27th, 2010 10:58 pm ET

It worry me with all these major earthquake before i left home we had three earthquake 5.2, 4.5, 4.1 these are small incoparable with Chile and Haiti but they are Centering 6 to 8 miles from my home. i just hope im home with my family if something happen.


A. Smith, Oregon   February 28th, 2010 12:27 am ET

@ Sharon Wilkens, I am concerned about the Native American children in North and South Dakota that were isolated, with heavy snow drifts before the Haiti crisis began. They are freezing to dead with no electrical power, no heat, inadequate clothing and their food is running out. Another snow blizzard has swept over them and their conditions are certainly deplorable. Where is the relief for them? Where is the Red Cross and other aid agencys for these needy children who are American Citizens?


Amay, Cebu City, Philippines   February 28th, 2010 12:52 am ET

A Prayer for Mother Earth

Harden our hearts, O God, so that we can bear the human miseries we are witnessing now due to climate change. Is this a kind of a sadistic act of a divine will or is it just a dire consequence of a collective reckless imprudence of a random human free will?

How could a gentle raindrop or a tiny wave in the ocean be so multiplied and disfigured into a monstrous force sweeping hapless people into their muddy graves and turning homes into debris? Are there more horrible calamities to come as when lightning, thunder, wind and rain would conspire in anger and vengeance in defense of Mother Earth or when Mother Earth herself would crack in fury and open her fiery mouth to suck people into her sepulchral bosom?

But You have destined, O God, this tiny planet as home of Your image and likeness. May You continue to abide in it and deliver it from extinction. Do not abandon us like discarded toys of Your creation as we strut wantonly on our own volition and wallow in the quagmire of our selfish freedoms.

We may not deserve Your mercy, O God, but please save Mother Earth, we pray.

Amay Ong Vaño
Cebu City, Philippines


A. Smith, Oregon   February 28th, 2010 5:52 am ET

A interesting observation which I share with my fellow bloggers, Larry King and the CNN Staffers:

When the Earth and the Moon are aligned, the Gravitational Forces are greatly increased. These are called 'spring tides' and exerts a strong enough gravitational force to literally pull and lift billions of gallons of Seawater in the Ocean AND these forces do not simply lift up the Ocean but also pull on the earths crust as well.

Spring Tides
When the moon is full or new, the gravitational pull of the moon and sun are combined. At these times, the high tides are very high and the low tides are very low. This is known as a spring high tide. Spring tides are especially strong tides (they do not have anything to do with the season Spring). They occur when the Earth, the Sun, and the Moon are in a line. The gravitational forces of the Moon and the Sun both contribute to the tides. Spring tides occur during the full moon and the new moon.

Whew! Ok, so what's the observation?

The Haiti Earthquake occurred during a Spring Tide of the New Moon.
The Chile Earthquake occurred during the Spring Tide of the Full Moon.

Well, isn't there two other Lunar Phases, what about them?

Those other lunar phases Quarter Moon waxing (growing brighter) and Last Quarter waning (growing darker) occur when the Sun and Moon are at right angles to one another and called 'Neap Tides'.

Neap Tides
During the moon's quarter phases the sun and moon work at right angles, causing the bulges to cancel each other. The result is a smaller difference between high and low tides and is known as a neap tide. Neap tides are especially weak tides. They occur when the gravitational forces of the Moon and the Sun are perpendicular to one another (with respect to the Earth). Neap tides occur during quarter moons.

Ok so Maximum Gravitational forces during Spring Tide Lunar Periods and Minimal Gravitational forces during Neap Tide Lunar Periods? YES

Summary:

# The gravitational force of the moon is one ten-millionth that of earth, but when you combine other forces such as the earth's centrifugal force created by its spin, you get tides.

# The sun's gravitational force on the earth is only 46 percent that of the moon. Making the moon the single most important factor for the creation of tides.

# The sun's gravity also produces tides. But since the forces are smaller, as compared to the moon, the effects are greatly decreased.

# Tides are not caused by the direct pull of the moon's gravity. The moon is pulling upwards on the water while the earth is pulling downward. Slight advantage to the moon and thus we have tides.

# Whenever the Moon, Earth and Sun are aligned, the gravitational pull of the sun adds to that of the moon causing maximum tides.

# Spring tides happen when the sun and moon are on the same side of the earth (New Moon) or when the sun and moon are on opposite sides of the earth (Full Moon).

# When the Moon is at first quarter or last quarter phase (meaning that it is located at right angles to the Earth-Sun line), the Sun and Moon interfere with each other in producing tidal bulges and tides are generally weaker; these are called neap tides.

# Spring tides and neap tide levels are about 20% higher or lower than average.

The type of gravitational force that causes tides is know as "Tractive" force.

Don't you have a wind-up point here?

The Proxigean Spring Tide is a rare, unusually high tide. This very high tide occurs when the moon is both unusually close to the Earth (at its closest perigee, called the proxigee) and in the New Moon phase (when the Moon is between the Sun and the Earth). The proxigean spring tide occurs at most once every 1.5 years.

And could you point out a recent Proxigean Spring Tide?

Sure, when the Moon was full on December 26, 2004, the Christmas Tsunami swept across the Indian ocean, spawned by a magnitude 9.0 earthquake off the coast of Sumatra.

WOW!

When is the next Proxigean Spring Tide, are there any this year??

Hey, I'm just a blogger, do some research yourself!


Douglas Crabtree   February 28th, 2010 8:23 am ET

There is and will be and increase of earth quakes due to global warming. The reason is volcanos are used by the Earth to cool the Earth. Earth quakes are used to open lava flows to the surface. Volcanos spue dust to block the sun and cool the Earth.


Missy   February 28th, 2010 8:49 am ET

I feel sorry for those people in Chile, but if the U.S goes there they won't doing anything but take over like they are doing in Haiti. They send all those troops there just sitting around doing nothing. They only time you see them giving out food, water, or supplies is when they know the media is going to be around. They should send the troops back home. It's a waist of money having them there.


TAY   February 28th, 2010 11:24 am ET

@

my thoughts and prayers are with the people of chile
may L.O.V.E. and light surround you all


Ana S   February 28th, 2010 12:40 pm ET

Last night I was listening to the US Embassador to Chile, when asked about why Chile is not asking (the U.S) for help he responded that they are very prepared for this kind of emergencies and that they said they would need help for later. I have two close friends, one in Las Condes(Santiago) and the other one in Concepcion. They don't have water, electricity, or land home working . Just their cell phones. Soon they are not going to have anything else to feed their children. They wonder why the basic aids are not coming yet. I know Chile is certainly a poor country but the strongest economy in S.America but I have the feeling that the Government is too proud to ask for help. And yes they are more prepared than any other country for this type of events but I just wanted to let you know of this situation. My friends are posting on FB every hour and they're desperate. Aftershocks every other hour. But everything get worse when you don't have food or water to provide for your family. They are also saying that the Chilean Government assured them that they were not expecting tsunamis , but they actually came, and entire coastal populations disappeared under the water. So sad, they don't know what to believe anymore.


Joe G. (Illinois)   February 28th, 2010 8:11 pm ET

How can people be so harsh and cold.. Concerned about the safety of the flesh.. But not of the soul. Tribulations in life are a gift.. Opportunities to triumph over evil and earthly things.. Doesn’t God love people..? How can some think “Horrible Disaster?”


Jessie from Auckland, NZ   February 28th, 2010 9:59 pm ET

@ Amay, Cebu City, Philippines February 28th, 2010 12:52 am ET

A Prayer for Mother Earth

Harden our hearts, O God, so that we can bear the human miseries we are witnessing now due to climate change. Is this a kind of a sadistic act of a divine will or is it just a dire consequence of a collective reckless imprudence of a random human free will?

How could a gentle raindrop or a tiny wave in the ocean be so multiplied and disfigured into a monstrous force sweeping hapless people into their muddy graves and turning homes into debris? Are there more horrible calamities to come as when lightning, thunder, wind and rain would conspire in anger and vengeance in defense of Mother Earth or when Mother Earth herself would crack in fury and open her fiery mouth to suck people into her sepulchral bosom?

But You have destined, O God, this tiny planet as home of Your image and likeness. May You continue to abide in it and deliver it from extinction. Do not abandon us like discarded toys of Your creation as we strut wantonly on our own volition and wallow in the quagmire of our selfish freedoms.

We may not deserve Your mercy, O God, but please save Mother Earth, we pray.

Amay Ong Vaño
Cebu City, Philippines
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This is so beautiful what you have written and so true. Thankyou.

There are a lot of things that go on in this world that we can't understand. The things that are secret belong to God. He does work in mysterious ways.

If you are a student of The Holy Bible, we are probably living in the times called the "END TIME" (in other words, the end of this system of things). It is too much to explain it here.

All these things happening are the signs leading up to this. It is all prophesized in the Bible. One has to be on the alert. Humankind has lost their way and this began in the beginning with Adam and Eve sinning in the Garden of Eden or Paradise.

God has not abandoned mankind completely, that is why the Bible has survived down through the centuries as a testimony. We humans would be wise to take heed of it.


Jessie from Auckland, NZ   February 28th, 2010 10:12 pm ET

@ A. Smith, Oregon February 28th, 2010 5:52 am ET

Very interesting what you have put out here. This planet of ours is very finely balanced. The Creator must have known what he was doing when he created it, I must say.

Even the Scientists can attest to this. You sound like a scientist.


Jessie from Auckland, NZ   February 28th, 2010 10:19 pm ET

Hearts and prayers go out to Chile and the other regions affected by these natural disasters. May God be with you all and comfort you at this sad time.


Jessie from Auckland, NZ   February 28th, 2010 10:30 pm ET

@ Fabricio February 27th, 2010 8:17 pm ET

This is a big dissaster...in Concepcion and Talcahuano, ports cityes nearest to the center of the earthquake...has been impacted by 20 meters waves...the intensity was 9 in richter scale and there are several buildings with structural damage and people inside...

We need your help...we are overcoming the process but with the hours we see that the impact is massive...

Good night from Santiago, Chile.
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Thankyou for your report on the disaster in Chile. It sounds very bad and too soon after the other big one in Haiti. Leaves us all wondering what is going on in nature and in our world.

Just hope Chile gets the help it needs. God Bless.


Jessie from Auckland, NZ   March 1st, 2010 9:30 pm ET

This gives you the shivers. The devastation is just unimaginable. We all better start praying.


A. Smith, Oregon   March 2nd, 2010 12:40 am ET

Global Warming is directly placing trillions of tons of water vapor into the world's atmosphere which normally would not have evaporated and remained in the Oceans. Flooding, Heavy Snows directly result from all of that extra water vapor.

Given the weight of fresh water, wouldn't that also be a factor on placing extra stress on tectonic plates that are primed to slip, pop and slither above and beneath one another to release an earthquake?

@ Jessie from Auckland, NZ re: The Proxigean Spring Tide is a rare, unusually high tide. This very high tide occurs when the moon is both unusually close to the Earth (at its closest perigee, called the proxigee) and in the New Moon phase (when the Moon is between the Sun and the Earth). The proxigean spring tide occurs at most once every 1.5 years.

The recent Proxigean Spring Tide in January 2010 began building on the New Moon when the Haitian Earthquake occurred to the close pass by the moon during the Full Moon when the Moon passed very close to the Earth on Jan 30, 2010.

People seldom think of fresh or salt water Raising anything of enormous weight such as a loaded supertanker or a continental shelf, but if the earth's gravitational field is pulled outward as it is during the New and Full Moon, those very large objects are pulled up and outward also.


Jessie from Auckland, NZ   March 2nd, 2010 12:56 am ET

@A. Smith, Oregon March 2nd, 2010 12:40 am ET

Thanks – This is frightening. I can't comprehend it all, I'm afraid. You have explained it very well, I must say.


Dave   March 2nd, 2010 2:23 am ET

I feel the Chilean earthquake was not covered as much as the Haitian one. Why is that? The magnitude of this earthquake was much higher with the destruction of the tzunami, and yet most news outlets covered more on Haiti? Why are there no celebrity telethons to raise funds for Chile? Why isn't there a Larry King special on raising funds for Chile? Why CNN had weeks of constant coverage on Haiti while Chile's coverage is much less and mixed in with other news of the day? Is there an underlying reason that the US helped Haiti more because the US wants Haiti to get back on its feet as soonest possible in order to thwart a mass exodus of Haitians into the US? Obviously it's more unlikely to have a mass exodus of Chileans into the US due to its distance, so is that a reason why Chile isn't covered as much? Is there more sensationalism covering masses of black people suffering in Haiti (as well as the Katrina disaster), than covering other races? or is there any attempt at covering up the real face of this disaster by the Chilean gov't in order to expose its population to the shame of suffering and cry for help? Does CNN find it easier to televise the sufferings of blacks as a single mass, that after weeks of constant coverage, its viewers become disentized and don't care anymore? I don't see Dr. Gupta or Anderson Cooper rushing to Chile as they did to Haiti? Again, pls explain that to me.... I've been wondering for the past 2 days, and would like to know, what's the difference between this earthquake and Haiti's. Chile's earthquake deserves just as much coverage due to its magnitude and the double-whammy effect with the Tsunami. Pls explain all the above because I'd like to know.. Thanks...


Jessie from Auckland, NZ   March 2nd, 2010 10:27 am ET

@Ana S February 28th, 2010 12:40 pm ET

Last night I was listening to the US Embassador to Chile, when asked about why Chile is not asking (the U.S) for help he responded that they are very prepared for this kind of emergencies and that they said they would need help for later. I have two close friends, one in Las Condes(Santiago) and the other one in Concepcion. They don't have water, electricity, or land home working . Just their cell phones. Soon they are not going to have anything else to feed their children. They wonder why the basic aids are not coming yet. I know Chile is certainly a poor country but the strongest economy in S.America but I have the feeling that the Government is too proud to ask for help. And yes they are more prepared than any other country for this type of events but I just wanted to let you know of this situation. My friends are posting on FB every hour and they're desperate. Aftershocks every other hour. But everything get worse when you don't have food or water to provide for your family. They are also saying that the Chilean Government assured them that they were not expecting tsunamis , but they actually came, and entire coastal populations disappeared under the water. So sad, they don't know what to believe anymore.
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So very sorry to hear of all this. It is hard to believe really. I feel sorry for your people. Our prayers are with you all and sure hope that things will improve. May God be with you all and may he comfort you all at this terrible time. God Bless.


Jessie from Auckland, NZ   March 2nd, 2010 11:24 am ET

@A. Smith, Oregon February 28th, 2010 5:52 am ET

On the 29 September 2009, a magnitude 8.0 earthquake struck the Pacific near American Samoa, triggering towering Tsunami waves, that gushed over the island, leaving dozens dead.

Just makes one wonder why all this activity is happening in the Pacific Ocean. It could be something to do with what you have explained above.

The region is known as the "Ring of Fire" afterall.


Luis B Rosario   March 2nd, 2010 7:48 pm ET

More Earthquakes predicted
There had been only 4 earthquakes in history with a bigger
magnitude at the epicenter than Chile. It is expected that a
major earthquake will strike in one of 5 locations throughout the
world : Japan, Indonessia, and Los Angeles are three of them
I have to check my chrystal ball for the other two locations. I
believe that China is one of them. Chile is located over a fault
that is still very active with continous seismic movements and
shuffling of the plates.


Luis B Rosario   March 4th, 2010 12:57 am ET

Earthquake in Taiwan with 6.9 magnitude. I just said it last night
that China and another country were on my "chyrstal ball" as
possible sites for a new earthquake. I believe that Iran is next and
another unknown part of China. My condolences for the loss
of life. I'm certain that most people in the world feel for the people
affected by this unexpected catastrophes. I believe that nuclear
testing explosions and other environmental disaster (s) contribute
to the instability and jerk movement of the tectonic plates


Jessie from Auckland, NZ   March 8th, 2010 12:10 am ET

Have reposted these comments here from the other Chilean Disaster Blog...........

First of all, I would like to send my deepest sympathies to the people of Chile and those hit the hardest by this terrible natural disaster.

I have heard about and from another blogger about the Chilean Government not wanting to accept international aid.......because they were afraid that Big Countries would use this aid-chance somehow to strengthen their interests in Chile. Find this very interesting. The Chileans seem quite a proud and hardy people. Also read somewhere-else that it was stated that they would probably need this help for later not at the moment, it seems.

Recently I saw an older Chilean man being interviewed on TV after the disaster. I think he was a survivor. He said in his own stellar way.........that it was no use going on about things..........that they would put this disaster in the past and behind them........and that the Lord GIVETH and the Lord TAKETH.

Condolences to all affected by this terrible natural disaster. Thoughts and prayers are with you.


Jessie from Auckland, NZ   March 8th, 2010 12:15 am ET

This is what I got off an internet site about the "RING OF FIRE".

Ring of Fire –

The large series of volcanoes (some active) encircling the Pacific Ocean, are referred to as being part of the Ring of Fire, and notorious for frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

It coincides with the edges of one of the world's main TECTONIC PLATES and more than half of the world's active volcanoes (above sea level) are part of the ring.

Volcanoes of note include:

*Mount Saint Helen's, Washington, USA
*Paricutin Volcano, Mexico
*Mount Pinatubo, Phillipines
*Mt Fuji, Japan


Luis B Rosario   March 8th, 2010 2:10 am ET

How can people be so evil and so stupid. Here we are, people
dead,people dying, people hurt and the inmense devastation
created by the earthquake is so horrific and all you can think about
is that if the United States offers help to Chile it will be rejected
because Chile is afraid of a "take over." People like you, the
Nazis and other notorious hate mongers can cause as much
mental damage as the after effects of the catastrophe.. I
happen to speak Spanish and I never heard the president
of Chile turning down U.S. aid, specifically in terms
of fear of political invasion. Perhaps you were hallucinating.
In times like these we have to put all our differences aside and
come to the aid of the fallen with open hearts. You don't get it,
do you?


Amay, Cebu City, Philippines   March 12th, 2010 12:10 pm ET

@ Jessie from Auckland, NZ February 28th, 2010 9:59 pm ET

A Prayer for Mother Earth

Harden our hearts, O God, so that we can bear the human miseries we are witnessing now due to climate change. Is this a kind of a sadistic act of a divine will or is it just a dire consequence of a collective reckless imprudence of a random human free will?

How could a gentle raindrop or a tiny wave in the ocean be so multiplied and disfigured into a monstrous force sweeping hapless people into their muddy graves and turning homes into debris? Are there more horrible calamities to come as when lightning, thunder, wind and rain would conspire in anger and vengeance in defense of Mother Earth or when Mother Earth herself would crack in fury and open her fiery mouth to suck people into her sepulchral bosom?

But You have destined, O God, this tiny planet as home of Your image and likeness. May You continue to abide in it and deliver it from extinction. Do not abandon us like discarded toys of Your creation as we strut wantonly on our own volition and wallow in the quagmire of our selfish freedoms.

We may not deserve Your mercy, O God, but please save Mother Earth, we pray.

Amay Ong Vaño
Cebu City, Philippines
__________________________________________________

This is so beautiful what you have written and so true. Thankyou.

There are a lot of things that go on in this world that we can't understand. The things that are secret belong to God. He does work in mysterious ways.

If you are a student of The Holy Bible, we are probably living in the times called the "END TIME" (in other words, the end of this system of things). It is too much to explain it here.

All these things happening are the signs leading up to this. It is all prophesized in the Bible. One has to be on the alert. Humankind has lost their way and this began in the beginning with Adam and Eve sinning in the Garden of Eden or Paradise.

God has not abandoned mankind completely, that is why the Bible has survived down through the centuries as a testimony. We humans would be wise to take heed of it.

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Hi, Jessie! Thank you for your complimentary comments on my prayer for Mother Earth. I've been meaning to reply to you sooner, but time was not on my side the past few days.

Yes, indeed, we are all deeply concerned about what's happening to our environment and our planet. Are these natural calamities, which are becoming more and more potent and catastrophic, a foreshadowing of an impending end, as in the end of the world? We hope and pray not. Scientists tell us that the earth may still have a few more billions of years of existence, at least theoretically, although they likewise say that the earth is gradually slowing down in its rotation, making each day about 0.00000002 seconds longer than the day before. But we can never be certain of the earth's longevity and much less can we be certain of mankind's. For man can self-destruct earlier than expected through the abuse of his selfish freedoms and the wanton exercise of his free will.

In fact, scientists continue to search the outer space for possible relocation and rehabilitation sites for mankind in the event of, God forbid!, our planet's apocalyptic end. This search and struggle for the perpetuation of the human race is an instinctive part of human evolution.

But, again, nobody really knows but God. Ordinarily, we can only be certain if we know. But, as Christians or believers in God, we can be certain if we believe. This is the difference between knowledge and faith. Only our faith makes us certain that God will defend and preserve His own creation.

– Atty. Amay P. Ong Vaño
Cebu City, Philippines
epov111@yahoo.com


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