There Was an Earthquake…
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is Chiles largest and most famous beach town, only about a
2 hour drive from Santiago. Its summertime here, so it looks
more like the south of France or coastal Spain than you would expect
of a relatively unknown place like Chile.
This is typically
the reaction I get when I talk to most people about Chile
they know about the miners, and they know about the earthquake,
but their expectations are of some banana republic, not an exceedingly
civilized, almost European country.
On that note,
lets move on to this weeks questions.
asks, Simon, what happened to the 7.0 earthquake in Chile
this week? Whats it like being in an earthquake region?
To be honest,
I didnt have the foggiest idea that we had an earthquake a
few days ago. It was fairly close, about 350 miles away, yet we
didnt feel anything here in Santiago.
in the world has multiple elements of potential disaster
hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, wildfires, volcanoes, landslides,
floods, avalanches, blizzards, disease pandemics, etc.
everywhere, theres no avoiding it. Some of the worst natural
disasters in history have been in places like Portugal, New Zealand,
Thailand, Alaska, Japan, US, Italy, Turkey, Mexico, Argentina, etc.
trying to be nonchalant about such awesome forces of nature, but
have experienced several myself, the critical distinction is how
each place deals with its disasters.
for example, are so accustomed to hurricanes that they laugh off
anything below a Category 5 storm. In Texas, tornadoes are frequent
in fact we had one when I was in Dallas a few months ago.
I watched it from my balcony, as did everyone else.
Chile has a geological predisposition to earthquakes; every couple
of decades, the country suffers a major earthquake in the 8s. Last
years 8.8 was brutal, though loss of life was minor
by comparison at 521 victims.
by comparison, claimed nearly 2,000 lives, while the 7.0 Haiti in
2010 earthquake claimed 230,000.
The one that
occurred this week was a 7.1 on the Richter scale, stronger than
what destroyed Haiti last year
however there was barely any
damage in Chile this week because this country has incredibly strong
building code, construction quality, development planning, and response
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January 8, 2011
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