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Forget California, Navidad, Chile receives more earthquake tremors

15 Dec

Aftermath of the 2010 Chile earthquake tsunami

Aftermath of the 2010 Chile earthquake tsunami (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Español: En Concepción, el edificio Alto Río, ...

Español: En Concepción, el edificio Alto Río, de 20 pisos, colapsó producto del terremoto del 27 de febrero de 2010. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you have followed my blog for any amount of time, then you know that one of the things that fascinates me is earthquakes. I live in California, and I thought that we  received the most tremors, but it would appear that the town of Navidad, Chile, rates as a  town with the highest amount of tremors. On February 27,  2010, an 8.8-magnitude  earthquake, and  tsunami, which washed away docks and seaside resorts,  destroyed much of the Chile’s coast, including the town of Navidad. The total damage was $30 billion dollars. A total of  551 people were killed, and 220,000 homes were destroyed.  5,500 people live in Navidad, a coastal farming community, with a reputation of being one of the shakiest spots in the world. Navidad felt more that 170 tremors in just five weeks! It’s residents are all too familiar with the constant tremors, and they take whatever preparations  they can, including daily earthquake drills by children in its public schools. Unfortunately, there is no way of telling when the next tremor will strike, or how long it will last, leaving the residents often on edge. Incredibly, the 2010 earthquake was so strong that it actually changed time and shortened the Earth’s day, by changing the planet’s rotation! The strongest earthquake ever recorded happened in Chile in 1960 when a magnitude 9.5 occured some 500  miles south of Navidad, killing in excess of  5000 people. Earthquakes happen all the time, some are so small that we just don’t feel them. I searched the net and found a site that shows the current earthquakes occurring in California. It showed a graph with the time and magnitude of each tremor. They seem to be non-stop.  I think it’s fascinating that the country of Chile receives the most tremors, including the town of Navidad. Until next time, take care.

English: Shake map of the magnitude 8.8 earthq...

English: Shake map of the magnitude 8.8 earthquake offshore Chile on February 27, 2010. Epicenter marked at star. Seventh version of the map, realized by USGS on 5 March 2010 at 03:00:13 AM MST. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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