Original story: 2/27/10
On February 27, 2010 an 8.8 magnitude earthquake struck Concepcion, Chile, country’s second largest metropolitan area. Hundreds are feared dead and over 1.5 million are displaced. The earthquake is so powerful it is believed to have moved the earth off of its axis and to have shortened earth’s days. Although the earthquake was stronger than that in Haiti, the Chilean government’s strict building codes helped to alleviate further loss of life. Source: NY Times: 1.5 million displaced after Chile quake
Chile has had numerous earthquakes since 2010. Through that disaster, they learned how to prepare for the earthquakes. The country has instituted warning systems for the population, improved communications with international agencies, and technology. Residents are alerted through their cell phones, public safety agencies are better equipped and the government’s strict enforcement of strict building regulations. Each building is required to be able to withstand a 9.0 magnitude earthquake. In the 2010 quake, 500 people died. Source: The Guardian: How did Chile manage to survive its recent earthquake virtually unscathed?