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8.8 earthquake hits Chile
Chile witnessed a 8.8 magnitude earthquake in the early hours of Saturday morning in which at least 147 people lost their lives. Many buildings and bridges have collapsed including many historical structures.
A MASSIVE earthquake of 8.8 Richter scale hit Chile in the early hours of Saturday (February 27) morning. 147 people have lost their lives and the exact figures of injured can’t be confirmed at the moment. Roads and bridges are just not passable. Many buildings and bridges have collapsed including many historical structures.
Chile is located on the infamous Ring of Fire and has a history of many devastating earthquakes. Some riots were taken place in a jail. The out going President Michelle Bachelet has told on the local television that the government is taking all the precautions and trying to help moving the patients to different hospitals and she has urged all the people, public sector as well as private sectors, communities to come forward and contribute and to see what can be done to help.
Lot of structural damages has been reported from all over the region. Buildings, schools houses and offices are damaged. The air quality was reported to be polluted. The epicenter of the earthquake is located on the offshore coast of Chile. Following the impact of this magnitude earthquake, Tsunami warnings have been issued to the entire Pacific region. Santiago airport was closed for few hours. As per The Pacific Tsunami Warning Cente, many countries are going to be effected including California, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Japan in Asia, but the impact in these countries will be low. This is going to be a series of waves which may loose the intensity to cause major damages till the time they reach Japan.

Already in Hawaii, the Tsunami warning sirens were heard, alerting the people to move to the higher areas to save their lives. As per the Pacific Tsunami Center, seven or 7.5meters high tsunami waves are expected to attack the Hawaiian coast. The government authorities are alerting the people to evacuate from the beaches and move to higher areas. The schools and the businesses will remain closed.



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the recent earthquake in Chile brings some facts as follows : the earthquake is of a very large magnitude as compared to the onefelt in Haiti; Haiti suffered a huge loss whereas Chile has suffered much less. The fact remains, on the basis of a question,is it the earthquake or mankind responsible for human lives when earthquake occurs. When we compare, the losses at Chile andHaiti, human errors seem to take precedence. In Haiti, the construction of buildings and bridges are of very poor quality - thereare reports that some pillars fallen are getting crushed under the grip of human hands which means hardly any cement is usedor any building code of conduct followed. Even the Presidential Placace in Haiti is crush during the earthquake. On the otherhand, though the magnitude of the earthquake is much much bigger in Chile, when compared to Haiti, human lives are not that big a number though the figure is inching towards a 800-1000 mark. this goes to prove that code of conduct rules are followed bybuilders community and inspection and checks have been carried out; building bye laws, rules and regulations are in place. However,they seem to be inadequate when matching with such earthquake on a big scale. Taking a cue from all these, Indian Governmentcan do well to regulate the building community in the country and appoint specialists who could cover these earthquake proneareas and find out the cause of sabotage inccured to enable them to come out with better rules and regulations framed forbeing followed the building community enmassee so that there is minimal or no loss of human life whenever there is a bigearthquake to follow. Japan is one country which is earthquake prone but has come out with great discovery enabling thebuilding and structures to withstand pulls and forces at the time of earthquake - such practices msut be introduced in Indiaon a massive scale by the building community - more so when there is a huge demand for housing and numerous builders areappointed-engaged to construct houses and buildings in the near future involving millions of investment.
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