8.8 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Chile; Hawaii Threatened With Tsunami

- By Bossip Staff

The death toll is expected to rise from a devastating earthquake that struck Chile early Saturday morning and President Michelle Bachelet declared parts of her country catastrophe zones.

Interior Minister Edmundo Perez Yoma told reporters at a midday news conference that the magnitude 8.8 quake with an epicenter 60 miles offshore from the port city of Concepcion had left at least 122 dead.

The first television transmission of the damage showed collapsed highway overpasses and buildings in south Santiago, the capital, and in Concepcion. As many as 30 aftershocks, some of magnitude 6.0 or higher, continued to strike the region throughout the day.

Coastal cities throughout the eastern Pacific region from Acapulco to Hawaii were bracing for possible tsunamis.

In Hawaii, civil defense sirens sounded at 6 a.m. local time alerted residents to the expected arrival of a tsunami of 3 feet to 6 feet by midday.

Waves measuring more than 6 feet had struck the Chilean island of Juan Fernandez, Yoma said. the port city of Talcahuano was also struck by ocean surges. The Vina del Mar International Song Festival, taking place near the port city of Valparaiso, was suspended until further notice.

President-elect Sebastian Pinera, who takes office in two weeks, told reporters that in addition to scores of deaths the country had suffered serious damage to its infrastructure, including highways airports and housing.

This earthquake has delivered a tremendous blow to Chilean society, Pinera said. “Our government will do everything for the recovery and to accelerate reconstruction.”

International relief efforts will be stretched thin in Chile, as efforts to deal with the devastation of Haiti’s earthquake in January are still continuing.

The quake in Chile, lasting at least 30 seconds, struck about 3:30 a.m. local time (10:30 p.m. PST). Residents of Santiago, many of them in their pajamas, poured into the streets. The city’s international airport remained closed Saturday afternoon.

The White House pledged support in Chile’s hour of need, and the State Department said all its personnel in the country had been accounted for.

Yoma said emergency rescue teams were in operation in various cities

Fires broke out in Valparaiso and Concepcion, owing apparently to gas leaks.

Telephone and electric power were out and water services were all down in many cities for much of Saturday morning, and communication was problematic.

Television reports showed extensive damage in the Maule region 150 miles south of Santiago. One bridge there, over the Claro River, had collapsed, according to local reports. In Talca, an agricultural and wine zone 150 miles south of Santiago, reported 35 deaths.

This is really scary. Our prayers are with the people of Chile. We’re also praying that there will not be a tsunami as a result of this earthquake.

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  • ohnooooo

    Oh no not again, prayers to the Chileans

  • Marquis de Sade

    First

  • Marquis de Sade

    Y’all know The League of N.u.t.t.y. Negroes will have a field day with their “THE ILLUMINATI IS RESPONSIBLE” collective paranoia fest. 😆

  • Gimmeabreak78

    @Marquise de Sade

    100% Cosign. I hear their footsteps now.

    On a serious note, an 8.8 is nothing to play with. Even Haiti’s earthquake was only a 7.0. Chile’s building’s are much more stable than Haiti’s were, so hopefully, there won’t be as much destruction of life and property.

  • Eva

    This is terrible. What’s goin on in the world? People are dying everywhere! I feel like God is trying to tell us something…

  • kellz_88

    this is the sign that the world is coming to a end. my prayers are for chile & hawaii smh

  • UrHeinessDaQueen

    @marquise de sade:not trying to laugh because this is a serious matter but lmao

    @ topic: Oh my,this is indeed scary,my prayers go out to the Chilean ppl & RIP to the victims.

    I also hear that there’s a tsunami alert for Central America too. I’m from Honduras so hope this doesn’t happen. 😦

  • monique

    my heart goes out 2 them…i hope that we do every effort to help them like we did haiti

  • Orangina Jones

    Oh lordy, this is horrible. However, even in light of these terrible events, we must not forget that February is Black History Month:

    David Paterson…History
    Charlie Rangel…History
    Desiree Rogers…History

  • http://www.kanyeuniversecity.com/blog/imgpop.php?img=http://www.kanyeuniversecity.com/client_images/kanyewest/3164_b0e5bda4c46c8d17b6cf25713d3170ac.jpg Slide Like A Fresh Pair of Gators

    I wonder what Pat Robertson has to say about this???

    Did Chile do a deal with the devil too???

    I didn’t know Chilean People do voodoo???

  • http://www.GREENBACKGANG.net www.GREENBACKGANG.net

    my prayers go out to them

  • shonda

    READ MATTHEW 24. JESUS SAID IN THE LAST DAYS THERE WILL BE EARTHQUAKES AND FLOODS.

    Prayers for the victims.

  • ReALiSt AkA ReALeSt

    I wonder what the stupid christians are going to call this one.. I guess the Chileans also signed a deal with the devil… VOODOO IS THE CAUSE OF THE EARTHQUAKE..LOL!!!!!!!!!!! IGNORANT NEGROES & THEIR LEADER PAT ROBERTSON NEEDS TO GO BACK TO THEIR CAVE…

    I SEE YOU HAARP!!!!!!!!

  • Lethal

    @ Shonda so true… famines and earthquakes, floods, wars and rumors of wars… it is the beginning of birth pains …It is written that these things will occur and God is just fulfilling his promise…and he is telling us that we need to get right…

    Praying for the victims…

    Just because one Christians say something that was careless…don’t dare bunch all of us Christian in that same pot…I have nothing to say cause it is already written in Matthew 24…read it for yourself

  • nywoman23

    Marquis de Sade

    2/27/10, 13:12:pm

    Y’all know The League of N.u.t.t.y. Negroes will have a field day with their “THE ILLUMINATI IS RESPONSIBLE” collective paranoia fest. 😆

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    its true though. im sure illuminati is responsible

  • Mz.

    Something is going on that the public has no idea about and unfortunately may never will….RIP to all those who have lost their lives as a result of these alleged natural disasters!

  • Moreaces

    How devasting, My prayers go out to all that are hurt, gone, and their familes

  • Moreaces

    Marquis de Sade
    2/27/10, 13:12:pm

    Y’all know The League of N.u.t.t.y. Negroes will have a field day with their “THE ILLUMINATI IS RESPONSIBLE” collective paranoia fest.

    =======
    Exactly, wheres the gate keeper when you need em.

  • FloRida

    So let me get this right, polar bears are drowning; ice caps are melting; tsunamis and earthquakes, but yet, global warming is a myth?
    Wake up folks… we are to be stewards of this planet. Instead of caring for mother earth, we f/*c/K her on a daily basis. Hell has no fury like a woman scorned!

  • Ciara Lee

    Map priye pou nou

  • Moreaces

    Slide Like A Fresh Pair of Gators
    2/27/10, 13:56:pm

    I wonder what Pat Robertson has to say about this???

    Did Chile do a deal with the devil too???

    I didn’t know Chilean People do voodoo???

    =====
    Its the gays fault of course.

  • http://www.kanyeuniversecity.com/blog/imgpop.php?img=http://www.kanyeuniversecity.com/client_images/kanyewest/3164_b0e5bda4c46c8d17b6cf25713d3170ac.jpg Slide Like A Fresh Pair of Gators

    if your heart and soul is right fear not.
    ___________________________________________

    @trey [x]

    What exactly should I do, I’m scared…

  • http://yahoo trey [x]

    the only thing you can do is pray and trust GOD

  • Marquis de Sade

    @ The League of N.u.t.t.y. Negroes

    These earthquakes are nothin’ more than a daily reminder that this planet is “METAMORPHIC”, nothin’ more, nothin’ less.

  • 666

    @ TREY

    UR A DUMB SUPERSTITIOUS NAGR!!

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