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Chile Earthquake

By Matthew Yglesias on February 27, 2010 at 9:10 am

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Earthquake hits Chile. This one is much more powerful than the Haitian earthquake—1000 times more powerful, I’m hearing—but fortunately looks like it will be much less devastating thanks toa Chile’s vastly superior infrastructure, government capacity, and general level of wealth.

Update

Here’s an English translation of tweets from the Chilean Red Cross.


Update

,Here’s more information on earthquake magnitudes: “A magnitude-8.8 earthquake will feature 101.8 times as much shaking as the magnitude-7.0 one. 101.8 is less than 102, which is 100. So the amount of shaking is nowhere near the 1000x that Mr. Yglesias heard.”

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