Experts: Strict building codes saved lives in Chile earthquake

Video Capture(CNN) – Strict building codes and the preparedness of millions of Chileans who live along an arc of volcanoes and fault lines likely kept the death toll — only six by Wednesday afternoon — low after an 8.2-magnitude earthquake rumbled offshore and prompted a tsunami, observers said.

Officials said four of those whose deaths were blamed on the quake late Tuesday that triggered landslides, power outages, and a tsunami suffered heart attacks, while two others were crushed.

“They’re a seismically active region of the world and they are very good at implementing their building codes similar to California,” John Bellini, a Denver-based geophysicist at the U.S. Geological Survey told CNN on Wednesday. Continue reading

Is the BIG one about to hit Chile??

140325-chile-quake-recent_e94e72a1e499298045fcc7426e288b38.nbcnews-fp-1440-600Chile’s northern coast has been hit by more than 300 earthquakes in the past week in what seismologists warned Tuesday could be the precursor to a long-overdue disaster. Most of these quakes have been too small to be felt on land, but people living near the city of Iquique have experienced the rumbling of up to a dozen tremors per day.

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Los Angeles Hit with a 4.4 Quake

Screen Shot 2014-03-18 at 2.15.34 PMAn earthquake with a magnitude of 4.4 struck 6 miles northwest of Beverly Hills around 6:25 a.m. Monday (3/17/14), according to the U.S. Geological Survey. It had a depth of about 5 miles. Initially, the USGS reported that the quake had a preliminary magnitude of 4.7.

At least 6 aftershocks have been reported since the initial earthquake, seismologist Egil Hauksson said during a news conference at Caltech shortly after 8:30 a.m. Continue reading