CRACK!! GOES CHILE!

Earthquake in Chile on April 1st, 2014

This horrific event had disastrous effects. The Earthquake was an 8.2 magnitude and it's aftershock was an 7.8 magnitude. Earthquakes of the size of the one that struck Tuesday are considered major and can cause significant damage.

Details of Iquique, Chile's Earthquake

The earthquake struck about 8:46 p.m. local time, some 60 miles northwest of Iquique. It had a depth of 12,5 miles, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. A total of Six deaths were reported. About 300 prisoners escaped from the northern port city of Iquique in the immediate aftermath.

Tsunami Warnings

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued several tsunami warnings, but canceled all of them by early Wednesday. Tsunami watches, which initially extened as far as north as Mexico's Pacific coast, were called off as well. Chile is on the "Ring of Fire" an arc of volcanoes and fault lines circling the Pacfic Basic that is prone to frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

'No hazards' to U.S. coastline.

The U.S. National Tsunami Warning Center worked Tuesday to determine the level of danger for Alaska, Washington, Oregon and California, as well as Canada's British Columbia. Chile is on the so-called "Ring of Fire," an arc of volcanoes and fault lines circling the Pacific Basic that is prone to frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

Effects of Earthquakes

Earthquakes of the size of the one that struck April 1, 2014 are considered major and can cause significant damage, especially with poor built structures. Even well designed buildings can be damaged or, in some cases, destroyed depending on the strength of the earthquake and a building's proximity to the epicenter. Earthquakes of this size are sometimes followed by significant aftershocks. 2600 houses were destoyed on April 1,2014 in Iquique, Chile. This earthquak triggered small landslides, an 7.8-magnitude aftershock with a depth of 20 km (12 miles). The earthquake was felt across the border in Southern Peru.