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Earthquake in Chile

Thinking about the horrribleness of the earthquake in Chile. I heard/saw on CNN yesterday that it is reported to be 1,000 x's worse than Haiti's. How could they know that 'already'????

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Asked by Anonymous at 5:44 AM on Feb. 28, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Rector scale that is how.


    Answer by louise2 at 6:39 AM on Feb. 28, 2010

  • Just yesterday they reported that it was only 500x worse than Haiti.

    But does it really matter? All we know was that it was bad, and that it sucks.

    The seismologists that measure earthquakes are VERY good at what they do. They use the richter scale and different measuring equipment that's very accurate.

    Answer by caitxrawks at 7:50 AM on Feb. 28, 2010

  • The earthquake was worse, the damage not as bad.

    Answer by mancosmomma at 9:53 AM on Feb. 28, 2010

  • So they changed it to 500 x worse???

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:26 AM on Feb. 28, 2010

  • Ok, so Haiti's earthquake was 7.0. Chile's was 8.8. When you go from 7.0 to 8.0 that is 32 times worse. You go from 8.0 to 9.0 you get another 32 times on there. That's 32 x 32, which equals 1024. So 8.8 would be between 500 and 1000 times worse. The strength of the quake was worse, the damage was not as bad... for many, many reasons. The first being that it happened in a less populated area, and just off the coast. Th second reason is that Chile is a richer nation, better government, and strict building codes.

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:32 PM on Feb. 28, 2010

  • The rector scale. Our cousin is there on mission and he said things are horrible there. He and the other missionaries 'are doing what they can to help. He just says it is misrible.

    Answer by Mrs.Owen86 at 12:50 AM on Mar. 1, 2010

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