People on Easter Island and the Hawaiian Islands are moving to higher ground. The 8.8 magnitude earthquake's shockwave is expected to hit Hawaii at
The picture from Chile is confused, as one might expect. Chile's second-largest city Concepcion was only 70 miles from the epicenter, but most of the damage reports are from the capital, Santiago three times at far away (I imagine because that's where the journalists are). The death toll of
The aftershocks are big earthquakes in their own right: 6.2 and 6.9.
Tsunami warnings have been issued widely: "The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a warning for Chile and Peru, and a less-urgent tsunami watch for Ecuador, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica and Antarctica."
TV Chile reported that a 15-story building collapsed in the hardest-hit city of Concepcion, where cracks opened up in the streets. Buildings caught fire, road bridges collapsed and residents huddled in streets full of rubble of masonry and glass from destroyed homes. Many were terrified by powerful aftershocks and desperately trying to call friends and family.
Video@: http://www.channel4.com/news/articles/w ... mi/3564757
UPDATE 2: The death toll is now over 700, with 2 million displaced (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/01/world ... le.html?hp).