The Chile quake 2010 tsunami has now cleared out. However, the Chile quake tsunami didn’t really cause a lot of damage. Hawaii and the Pacific Coast nations prepared for the worst, but there was minimal damage on the shores. For once, it appears that the natural disaster bullet was dodged – at least in one case this weekend. But although the Chile quake tsunami was a bust around the world, the Chile earthquake was not, and that is being made all the more clear now.
The 8.8 earthquake ranked among the top 10, if not top five, in recorded history. For the second time this year, the world now has to help in a massive rebuilding, in the wake of a nearly unparalleled disaster. Of course, it isn’t that unique to Chile, which survived the worst tremor in recorded history 50 years ago.
But in the immediate aftermath of the tragedy, it was the Chile quake tsunami that shared the headlines. A 9.1 earthquake caused one of history’s deadliest waves in 2004, so no one was taking chances with the aftereffects of an 8.8. Hawaii, South American nations, Russia, Australia and Asia were on high alert all weekend, but they largely escaped the worst.
Waves that were several feet high did strike, but everyone had enough time to avoid them. Although those nations and areas escaped danger, the ones at the center of this disaster weren’t lucky.
In at least one case, the Chile quake tsunami did cause a lot of damage in the fishing village of Constitucion. The waves and the quake combined to kill more than 300 there, and Chile’s defense minister admitted the Navy made a mistake in not issuing a tsunami warning.
In the rest of the world, the Chile quake tsunami will not be remembered over time. But in Chile itself, it only added to the horror of the Chile earthquake – and the true damage is just now being exposed.
As of this morning, the death toll rose to more than 700 people, and the search for bodies is far from over. In the 9.5 earthquake of 1960, more than 1,600 lost their lives in Chile, and this current death toll is at least halfway there. Although Chile is better equipped to rebuild than Haiti was last month, the challenges are already building up.
Reports of looting have already emerged, with pictures of the devastation leaking out as well. For all the terrible accounts that leaked this weekend, even greater tragedy is sure to emerge throughout the week.
The Chile earthquake, with a supporting role from the Chile quake tsunami, is forming a tragic picture – though one that the world is getting all too used to.
New York Times- “In Hawaii, Calm Prevailed Despite Tsunami Warning”
Mirror.com.uk- “WAVE OF RELIEF”
B92- “Chile made mistake not warning of tsunami”