An earthquake measuring 8.8 on the richter scale shook Chile in the in the early morning hours of February 27.
Strong aftershocks, some up to 6 points on the Richter scale, continued day and night and into Sunday.
Islands and countries across the Pacific were put on tsunami alert. Although this has now be lifted.
Despite Chile’s earth quake being many times more powerful than the one in Haiti, at the time of writing this the official death toll had just passed 700. This blogger say, “Scrolling through the photos at Boston.com’s Big Picture it is almost impossible to believe that the death count is still under 1,000. Surely that number will rise over the next few days and weeks.
But Chile is a country used to earthquakes and was prepared for earthquakes in a way that a country such as Haiti was not.
Here this blogger comments on their preparedness, “The Chilean government, society, and people should be praised for their readiness in dealing with such a catastrophic natural disaster.”
Many people on twitter are asking how they can help. Victor_rao tweets: Lets Pray God for his mercy on the left-outs of recent Chile Earthquake and Tsunami. Lets do our part to help them in a best possible way.
Google has responded by setting up a missing person finder which is a simple web service that allows users to search for missing people.
Have you been effected by the earthquake in Chile? How do you feel about what has happened? Has your reaction to the Chile earthquake been as strong as it was to the one in Haiti?