From USGS (Click for Larger View)
Woke up this morning to hear that an 8.8 magnitude earthquake hit Chile. So far a much lower death toll reported than when the earthquake hit in Haiti. The 8.8 magnitude earthquake that hit Santiago, Chile is 512 times more powerful than the magnitude 7 earthquake that hit Haiti. Yet fortunately Santiago, Chile is not as densely populated as Port au Prince, Haiti, and it seems as if the buildings are better able to withstand earthquakes. We wait and see what comes next. Apparently Tsunami warnings also. No doubt Revs. Glenn Merritt and Carlos Hernandez are on this and will be watching to see if it is possible and needed for LCMS World Relief and Human Care to respond. The Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Republic of Chile is a partner with the Missouri Synod.
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