Wednesday, March 3, 2010

What does an 8.8 earthquake feel like?

I was born in California. While there, I slept through 6.2 earthquake. Yes, I am a very hard sleeper. But, it freaked my Texas born-and-bred mom. So, I was curious with the recent earthquake in Chile:

What does an 8.8 earthquake feel like?

I googled it. There are 140,000 links. I decided to start at the top. According to Wikipedia, 8.0-8.9 richter magnitudes can cause serious damage in areas several hundred miles across. Essentially, it feels like violent jerking. Things fall off of shelfs and the walls that hold up the shelves may fall too. To get a better sense, an atomic bomb registers around 5.

According to a blog, the "Chile quake was roughly 100 times more powerful than the quake in Haiti." However, the "Chile quake probably release *approximately* a little less than 1000x as much energy that the Haiti quake." In addition, Chile has a developed infrastructure, a comparatively favorable colonial and economic history and a history of earthquakes. Haiti does not.

Either way, Chile needs help from the devastating earthquake.

The American Red Cross has launched a fundraising appeal to help the people affected by the Chilean earthquake. Those wanting to help can donate $10 by texting CHILE to 90999. Remember this from Haiti?

The American Red Cross waited to accept Chile-designated donations until more was known about the need and there was a specific request for help for the earthquake survivors. Now that the needs are better known and the International Red Cross
has made an appeal to assist the Chilean Red Cross, the American Red Cross is accepting Chile-designed donations.

For current updates, go to
http://newsroom.redcross.org.

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