8.3 magnitude tremor shakes Chile
Chile : Chile trembled as a huge magnitude of Earthquake struck on the grounds with an impact of 8.3 magnitude.The mayor of Coquimbo, Cristian Galleguillos, told media that the city began to flood and that 95% of residents lost power and grappled with electricity closure. However, most of the residents were able to evacuate before the waves started to hit the coast.
Tsunami alert has been warned as Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has anticipated widespread hazardous tsunami waves which could multiply chaos and increase threat to lives.
The 8.3 scale tremor produced waves of upto 4.5 metres, equal to 15 feet high waves along the coast in the region of Coquimbo.The earthquake struck just off the coast at 19:54 local times (22:54 GMT), about 55 kms west of the city of Illapel.
An 8.3 magnitude earthquake releases the same amount of energy as 10,000 atomic bombs like those used in World War II. Magnitude 7 and over potentially cause serious damage over larger areas, depending on their depth.
The largest earthquakes in historic times have been of magnitude slightly over 9, although there is no limit to the possible magnitude. Intensity of shaking is measured on the modified Mercalli scale. The shallower an earthquake, the more damage to structures it causes.