On February 27, 2010, an earthquake occurred off the coast of the Maule Region of Chile (my country) at 03:34 local time (06:34 UTC), rating a magnitude of 8.8 on the moment magnitude scale and lasting nearly four minutes. The earthquake was felt in the capital Santiago at Mercalli intensity scale VIII (Destructive). Tremors were felt in many Argentine cities and as far north as the city of Ica in southern Peru. Tsunami warnings were issued in 53 countries, and a tsunami was recorded, with amplitude of up to 2.6 m (8 ft 6 in) high, at Valparaíso. President Michelle Bachelet declared a “state of catastrophe” with 2 million people affected in some way, more than 800 people killed and thousands missing.
Seismologists estimate that the earthquake was so powerful that it may have shortened the length of the day by 1.26 microseconds and moved the Earth’s figure axis by 8 cm or 2.7 milliarcseconds. It also moved the entire city of Concepción 3.04 metres (10 ft) to the west. The capital Santiago, moved almost 24 centimetres (10 in) west, and even Buenos Aires, nearly 800 miles from the epicenter, shifted 3.9 centimetres (1.5 in).
The epicenter of the earthquake was offshore from the Maule Region, approximately 8 km (5.0 miles) west of Curanipe and 115 km (71 mi) north-northeast of Chile’s second largest city, Concepción. The earthquake also caused seiches to occur in Lake Pontchartrain to the north of New Orleans, United States, located nearly 7,500 kilometres (4,700 mi) from the epicenter of the quake.
Thank God, me, my family and friends are ok.
These past days I’ve been helping through my college, people who lost everything, but we need more help.
Please go to www.chiledisasterrelief.com to help Chile earthquake and tsunami victims or text CHILE to 90999 to donate $10 to the Red Cross (U.S. only), you can make a difference!
Thank you so much guys, specially to the lovely Amanda, for caring about me.