Monday, December 26, 2016

I've heard Chile has very good quake-related building codes,

but this is kind of amazing:
A 7.6-magnitude earthquake off the Southern Chilean coast has left 21,000 homes without power. Miraculously, there are no reports of death or injury following the quake.

However, the earthquake did force thousands of residents to evacuate their homes on Christmas Day by orders of government officials. That evacuation order was eventually lifted - as was the tsunami watch following the quake.

1 comment:

Windy Wilson said...

7.6 on the Richter Scale and no one killed!
Ten times as powerful as the Northridge quake in Los Angeles in 1994 where 57 are said to have died, in an area of the US where the building codes are regularly updated in an effort to protect against earthquake damage.
Maybe Americans could learn something from the Chileans?
Nah, we have better schools, we're smarter.