Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

4/3/2014 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

South American nation very good at adhering to strict regulations

Miracles do happen. Only six perished in a massive earthquake in northern Chile following an immense 8.2 earthquake and tsunami. Four of the deaths were attributed to heart attacks and only two were crushed by debris. The reason for this amazingly low fatality county is being credited to adherence on the part of Chile to strict building codes.

While there was major structural damage in the quakes, it's seen as a minor trade-off where many lives were spared.

While there was major structural damage in the quakes, it's seen as a minor trade-off where many lives were spared.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

4/3/2014 (1 year ago)

Published in Americas

Keywords: Earthquake, tsunami, Chile, building codes


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "They're a seismically active region of the world and they are very good at implementing their building codes similar to California," John Bellini, a Denver-based geophysicist at the U.S. Geological Survey says.

"Because of that, you would see less damage than in other places that have poorer building codes . that's probably one of the reasons there haven't been as many casualties as there could have been from a magnitude earthquake of this size."

Come light a candle for those who perished in the Fort Hood tragedy --

There was major structural damage in the quakes, which is seen as a minor trade-off where many lives were spared. More than 2,500 homes sustained serious structural damage in the region around the northern port city of Iquique. Most of the homes were built with poor workmanship through government subsidies.

A 7.6-magnitude aftershock struck the region late Wednesday. There was no immediate word on damage or injuries.

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, who toured the region, praised local authorities for responding in an "exemplary manner" to the disaster.

"This is a great example to all of us that when we work together in an adequate manner and we when we follow the plans that have been established in the region, we work well," Bachelet said.

One of the most earthquake-prone regions in the world, Chile sits on an arc of volcanoes and fault lines circling the Pacific Ocean known as the "Ring of Fire," according to Mark Simons, a geophysicist at Caltech in Pasadena, California. Since 1973, Chile has had more than a dozen quakes of magnitude-7.0 and above.

According to Simons, this week's quake occurred as the fault line along Chile's coast has constantly shifted in the last 140 years. In recent weeks, this area has seen a cluster of activity -- something like 50 to 100 smaller quakes. A 6.7- and a 6.1-magnitude quake struck last month.

"People are more familiar with them," Bellini says. "They, in general, know what to do as part of their daily lives, plus the building codes are fairly well-enforced in Chile. It's in their culture."

The importance of strict building codes was underscored when Port-au-Prince, Haiti, was hit by a magnitude-7.0 earthquake in 2010 that leveled 70 percent of the Haitian capital's structures and killed at least 230,000 people.

"That's actually a perfect example of the differences in building codes and enforcement in two different regions," Bellini said. "Any place that has a magnitude 7 or an 8 is going to have some kind of damage. However, the building codes play a large part in the damage and destruction that is seen, as well as the casualty level. Population density plays an important part as well -- but the building codes are really what can save lives in areas that have large earthquakes."

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copyright 2015 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for February 2016
Universal:
That prisoners, especially the young, may be able to rebuild lives of dignity.
Evangelization: That married people who are separated may find welcome and support in the Christian community.



Comments


More Americas

Slain Mexican baby becomes symbol for nation's neverending gang violence Watch

Image of Grim photographs of this slain Mexican family have circulated widely on social media site (Facebook).

By Catholic Online (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

An overwhelming tragedy - the random killing of a seven-month-old baby boy - has been galvanized into a symbol of Mexico's rampant gang violence. Little Marcus Migeul Pano Colon, captured in photographs lying down in a city street riddled with bullets has been widely ... continue reading


HUMAN SACRIFICE: Ancient Peruvian tomb yields bodies of six women killed in rituals Watch

Image of Researchers say that the skeletal remains found at a temple were once part of the Lambayeque culture. Photo courtesy of Museo Tumblas Reales de Sipan.

By Catholic Online (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Archaeologists have uncovered grisly evidence of 1,200-year-old sacrificial rituals in Pre-Inca Peru. The skeletons of six females have been discovered on the former site of a temple. The women's murders were believed ritualistic in nature as their bodies were ... continue reading


Soldiers going 'door to door' to combat deadly Zika virus in Brazil Watch

Image of The Zika virus is linked to microcephaly, where children are born with freakishly small heads. (Getty Images)

By Catholic Online (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

The mosquito-borne Zika virus has spread rapidly throughout Brazil. The virus is linked to the birth defect microcephaly, which causes babies to be born with smaller than normal heads, along with brain damage. The Brazilian government has sent more than 200,000 ... continue reading


Over 7,000 refugees to arrive in America within the next few days Watch

Image of Cuban migrants cross into Texas to reach freedoms promised in America (AP).

By Monique Crawford (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Thousands of Cuban refugees seek freedom in the United States by traveling through Central America and crossing the Mexico-Texas border. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Over 7,000 Cuban refugees are expected to illegally cross the Mexican border into the United ... continue reading


You'll never guess what was found in El Chapo's weapon cache! Watch

Image of One type of weapon discovered in El Chapo's cache has the power to down a helicopter (exploding helicopter.blogspot).

By Monique Crawford (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Authorities discovered a .50 caliber rifle among a massive weapons cache at Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán's Mexican hideout. The rifle is so powerful, it can shoot a helicopter from the sky. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Following the recapture of El Chapo, a ... continue reading


Award-winning news station, Al Jazeera America goes belly-up as the price of oil plunges Watch

Image of Al Jazeera America must close its doors as it finds itself unable to keep up in an increasingly digital world (Al Jazeera America).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Award-winning news station Al Jazeera America has won several awards including Best Documentary at the International Emmy Awards and Best Show or Series at the News, Cablefax Digital Awards, but the renowned station is forced to close shop. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic ... continue reading


Venezuela's First Lady claims DEA kidnapped her nephews when they were caught trafficking drugs Watch

Image of Cilia Flores believes her nephews were kidnapped by the DEA (Alex Guzmn/AVN).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Venezuela's First Lady, Cilia Flores, believes the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) committed crimes in her country, including the kidnap of two of her nephews, who were discovered to be drug traffickers. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - On Tuesday Flores ... continue reading


An inside look at El Chapo's tunnel: Sewers, concrete walls and automatic weapons (WARNING: Graphic Photos) Watch

Image of El Chapo's tunnel system kept him well-hidden (Reuters).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Images have been released days following El Chapo Guzmán's recapture. The pictures feature the tunnel system the drug lord hid in as well as the shot-up condo above, in which five of El Chapo's henchmen were killed, six were arrested and two women were discovered. LOS ... continue reading


Revealing Sean Penn interview led to El Chapo's drug compound raid (WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES) Watch

Image of Inside El Chapo's lair (Especial).

By Monique Crawford (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

With El Chapo Guzmán's arrest came five gruesome deaths of the drug lord's underlings. Mexican marines stormed El Chapo's hiding place and killed five of his lieutenants before arresting six men and the kingpin himself. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The Sinaloa ... continue reading


EL CHAPO CAPTURED: Mexican President tweets, 'We have him' Watch

Image of

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

The notorious drug kingpin Joaquín Archivaldo "El Chapo" Guzmán has been captured once again by Mexican authorities. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto announced Friday on Twitter, "Mission Accomplished: We have him."Guzmán, ... continue reading


All Americas News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

the FEED
by Catholic Online

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Isaiah 6:1-2, 3-8
1 In the year of King Uzziah's death I saw the Lord seated on a high and ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 138:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 7-8
1 [Of David] I thank you, Yahweh, with all my heart, for you have ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 5:1-11
1 Now it happened that he was standing one day by the Lake of Gennesaret, ... Read More

Reading 2, First Corinthians 15:1-11
1 I want to make quite clear to you, brothers, what the message of the ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for February 7th, 2016 Image

St. Moses
February 7: Arab hermit and bishop who is called "the Apostle ... Read More