A massive 8.8-magnitude earthquake struck Chile early Saturday, shaking the capital of Santiago for 90 seconds and sending tsunami warnings from Chile to Ecuador.
It struck at 3:34 a.m. local time and was centered about 200 miles southwest of Santiago, at a depth of 22 miles, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. The epicenter was some 70 miles from Concepcion, Chile’s second-largest city, where more than 200,000 people live.
Phone lines were down in Concepcion as of 7:30 a.m. and no reports were coming out of that area. The quake in Chile was 1,000 times more powerful than the magnitude 7.0 earthquake that caused widespread damage in Haiti on Jan 12, killing at least 230,000, earthquake experts reported on CNN International.
Any of my friends with contacts in Chile reading this post, please ask my cousin Ana to contact me via internet or phone when possible. I’m leaving my Skype and Gmail chat open all day.
Three minutes after I posted this request on Facebook and the blog, I’m happy to report that I just heard from my cousin. She’s well.
Post edited after the good news.
Ed has video,
CBS News is streaming Live coverage from Chile.
Here’s the Ustream live feed from TV de Chile (in Spanish),