Thursday, March 11, 2010

Chile hit w big aftershocks

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"Santiago, Chile (CNN) -- Three strong earthquakes rocked Chile on Thursday morning, just as the country was swearing in a new president.

Pinera, a conservative billionaire businessman, became the Chilean president about 12:15 p.m. local time, roughly 20 minutes after the second quake.

A 6.9-magnitude earthquake hit at 11:39 a.m. local time (9:39 a.m. ET), followed by a 6.7-magnitude quake 16 minutes later, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. A third, measured at magnitude 6.0, came 27 minutes later.

The February 27 earthquake was violent enough to move the Chilean city of Concepcion at least 10 feet to the west and Santiago about 11 inches to the west-southwest, researchers said."

It's a good day to be an outgoing president in Chile!


nonnie9999 said...

it might be a good time to be an incoming prez. people rally after a disaster. remember how popular chimpy was after 9/11?

D.K. Raed said...

perhaps the earth itself is trying to terrorize us ... or prove that we live on a geologically active planet ... I'm sure if W was down there in Chile, he'd find a way to exploit it, maybe use it as an excuse for offshore drilling or something.

Hawaii and Turkey had a good size quakes this week, too.