Just woke up to the news on CNN of a huge earthquake that struck near Concepción, Chile earlier this morning. According to the USGS, the earthquake was recorded at a magnitude of 8.8 at 3:34 local time, which is 1:34 EST. Concepción is Chile's second-largest city, and is located a little over 200 miles from the capitol of Santiago. The news is of course in the process of being updated by the moment, but so far there have been 6 fatalities reported and a 9-foot tsunami wave has been recorded by The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.
According to the USGS, the same area experienced a 9.5 magnitude earthquake in 1960, the largest earthquake ever recorded. I think the largest one I ever experienced was a little above a 6, and my husband went through the 6.7 magnitude 1994 Northridge, California earthquake on his birthday. I can't even begin to imagine an 8.8. I know Chile does have earthquake safe buildings, but not all of them would be, and I believe an earthquake of that magnitude is larger than most buildings are meant to withstand.
My thoughts are with the people of Chile.