Wednesday, April 2, 2014

A 8.2 magnitude quake strikes off the coast of Northern Chile

Going by the USGS, at 23:46:45 UTC on the 1st of April, just under an hour ago, an 8.2 magnitude earthquake struck off the northern coast of Chile, in South America. It was recorded with a depth of about 10km's. Initially it registered as 8.0 but was later upgraded to a magnitude of 8.2. The Seismological Service of the University of Chile has measured the quake at a magnitude of 8.3.

This is the largest earthquake to strike the planet since the 8.3 Okhotsk Sea earthquake struck back on the 24 May, 2013, which was said to be one of the deepest recorded earthquakes ever.


Chile’s emergency ministry ONEMI says there have been reports of landslides causing some blockage on roads and highways. (Source)

At least five people have died following the quake, Chile's Interior Minister Rodrigo Penailillo said. Some of the victims died of heart attacks and others were crush when buildings collapsed. (Source)

Chile has requested the "preventive evacuation" of the country's northern coastline, the country's ONEMI emergency office said on its website. A tsunami alert has been issued for the following locations below which includes the arrival times of the waves. For live information, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center website can be found her. http://ptwc.weather.gov/


 LOCATION         FORECAST POINT     COORDINATES     ARRIVAL TIME
 --------------------------------    ------------    ------------
 CHILE            IQUIQUE            20.2S 289.9E    0002Z 02 APR
                  ARICA              18.5S 289.7E    0011Z 02 APR
                  ANTOFAGASTA        23.3S 289.6E    0017Z 02 APR
                  CALDERA            27.1S 289.2E    0046Z 02 APR
                  COQUIMBO           29.9S 288.6E    0111Z 02 APR
                  VALPARAISO         33.0S 288.4E    0135Z 02 APR
                  TALCAHUANO         36.7S 286.9E    0219Z 02 APR
                  CORRAL             39.8S 286.5E    0251Z 02 APR
                  GOLFO_DE_PENAS     47.1S 285.1E    0403Z 02 APR
                  EASTER_ISLAND      27.1S 250.6E    0532Z 02 APR
                  PUERTO_MONTT       41.5S 287.0E    0546Z 02 APR
 PERU             MOLLENDO           17.1S 288.0E    0021Z 02 APR
                  SAN_JUAN           15.3S 284.8E    0039Z 02 APR
                  LA_PUNTA           12.1S 282.8E    0131Z 02 APR
                  TALARA              4.6S 278.5E    0218Z 02 APR
                  CHIMBOTE            9.0S 281.2E    0225Z 02 APR
                  PIMENTAL            6.9S 280.0E    0250Z 02 APR

Image depicting the propagation of the tsunami out into the Pacific Ocean - NOAA

The 2011 Japanese tsunami was spurred by a 9.0 magnitude quake, and the 2013 Philippine tsunami was a result of only a 7.4 magnitude quake.

Going by the initial information below, the highest wave height seen so far is 7.6 feet.

OBSERVATIONS OF TSUNAMI ACTIVITY - UPDATED
------------------------------------------
                                  TIME             OBSERVED MAX
 SITE                         OF MEASUREMENT       TSUNAMI HEIGHT
 ---------------------------- ---------------      --------------
 PISAGUA  CHILE               0102 UTC  04-02        07.6FT
 IQUIQUE  CHILE               0204 UTC  04-02        06.3FT
 DART32401ST CHILE            0011 UTC  04-02        00.8FT
 PATACHE  CHILE               0006 UTC  04-02        05.6FT
 ARICA  CHILE                 0016 UTC  04-02        04.4FT
 MATARANI  PERU               0020 UTC  04-02        01.8FT
 ANTOFAGASTA  CHILE           0027 UTC  04-02        00.9FT
 MEJILLONES  CHILE            0038 UTC  04-02        02.0FT
 DART32412ST LIMA PERU        2355 UTC  04-01        00.1FT
 CALDERA  CHILE               0050 UTC  04-02        00.5FT
 CHANARAL  CHILE              0140 UTC  04-02        01.2FT
 COQUIMBO  CHILE              0125 UTC  04-02        00.4FT
 CALLAO LA PUNTA  PERU        0158 UTC  04-02        00.4FT


Chile's navy said a tsunami has already hit some areas in the north of the country and the initial waves struck the shores within 45 minutes of the quake.

Three aftershocks – ranging from magnitude 5 to 6.2 - have been reported in northern Chile, according to Telemundo.

"An official at Peru’s civil defense office said evacuations were underway on that country’s coast. The official, who did not give her name, said there were no immediate reports of damage. Police officer Alejandro Rosado in a Tacna, a Peruvian town near the coast, said no damage or injuries had been reported there. 
Chile is one of the world’s most earthquake-prone countries. A magnitude-8.8 quake and ensuing tsunami in central Chile in 2010 killed more than 500 people, destroyed 220,000 homes, and washed away docks, riverfronts and seaside resorts.
The strongest earthquake ever recorded on Earth also happened in Chile — a magnitude-9.5 tremor in 1960 that killed more than 5,000 people." - (Source)

The difference in the energy released from the #LA quake over the weekend & the #Chile earthquake is 44668 x's. Image credit to Fox News


A live video taken next to the coast of the tsunami alert being broadcast in Chile. (No earthquake footage)

Predictions

Yesterday I posted an article from the EQ Alert Guy predicting such a quake. I quote from that article below.

"A quick glance shows New Zealand just about in the path of this now G-normous earthquake energy, but there are many other islands in that general direction as well as potential movement of the Pacific Tectonic Plate such as Chile or Central America. Be watching for every such movement like Easter Island and these will not be difficult to detect!!! We will be watching for Major Shakers in the 7, 8, and 9 Richters Range with 7.9 to 8.5 being a good range!!!" - The EQ Alert Guy

On my own Facebook page, I posted an earthquake dream premonition back on the 31st of March. It may relate to this incident. I quote what I said back then, below.

"I dreamed of being in an earthquake last night. It felt pretty real as I tried to escape from a second or third floor of a hospital, running down the stairs and out of the entrance below while things fell around me. I remember the minute details such as the feeling I had before the shaking started, a type of intuition that an earthquake was coming, and then realising I was right as the ground and building started moving.
I remember being near the windows and trying to work out in my mind what I should do, if I should get under something or if I should get out of the building. I decided to first head to the internal structure of the building as I felt that would be the safest place to be, where the stairs were. But I then decided to go down the stairs. Other people were also running down the stairs. I had the concern that the building may fall down around me.
While I have had a strong interest in earthquake based material online lately, especially over the past few days, I haven't had a dream about an earthquake for probably over a year now. Going by my track record of noticing my own dream premonitions over many years, my decent recall of dreams in general, and my experience analyzing my dreams, this could be a possible upcoming event, or, it could just be the daily processing of my mind and experiences, like the types of dreams we most frequently have. I didn't feel the dream was about me specifically, but about an upcoming earthquake in general, possibly relating to a location with a hospital."

Notes taken from the webbot's March 28th IDIR report in 2013 said the following below for the week ahead and month of April in general. When taking into account my theory on time being stretched, as discussed in this article here, 'The Stretching of Time and the Imminent Shift', then adding +1 year to this prediction would make it about now.

"earthquakes and landfill slides are all over the data sets. mountain based earthquakes. slides. lahar's. mud slides. people displaced. increased atypical storms where earthquakes happen. lots of flooding due to shifts of mud in unexpected areas."

The webbot's March 7th IDIR report from 2013 reported the following.

"Quake language showing up end of month (march)"


1 comment:

Wherami said...

One one hand EQ's are scary but on the other hand its good to see them start to occur as that is a marker of more to come.