Originally posted by ventian
Death count is up to 17 now. Seems to be steadily climbing.
Originally posted by Mr_skepticc
The waves should be hitting anytime off this quake. I have a strong feeling we will be seeing many more quakes this year, and most of them will be huge and cause major damage.
The 2010 Chile earthquake happened off the coast of Concepción, Chile on February 27, 2010 with a magnitude of what was originally reported to be between 8.3 and 8.5 Mw, and has since been upgraded to a possible 8.8 Mw. It was the strongest earthquake affecting Chile since the magnitude 9.5 1960 Valdivia earthquake, and the strongest earthquake worldwide since the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake. The earthquake was also felt in the Chilean capital Santiago as well as in many Argentinean cities.
Its epicenter was offshore from Maule, approximately 60 mi (97 kilometres) north-northwest of Chillán, Chile and 115 km north-northeast of Chile's second largest city, Concepción. The quake occurred at 3:34 am local time, and is reported to have lasted 10-30 seconds.
* 1 Earthquake characteristics
* 2 Damage and casualties
* 3 Tsunami and aftershocks
* 4 See also
* 5 Notes
 Earthquake characteristics
The earthquake occurred along the boundary between the Nazca Plate and the South American Plate. At the location of this earthquake, the plates converge at 80 mm/year. The coastal part of Chile has a history of great megathrust earthquakes originating from this plate boundary, such as the 1960 Valdivia earthquake. More recently, this plate boundary ruptured at the 2007 Peru earthquake.
The earthquake is characterized by a thrust-faulting focal mechanism, caused by the subduction of the Nazca plate under the South American plate.
 Damage and casualties
According to an Associated Press Television News cameraman, some buildings have collapsed in Santiago and there are power outages in parts of the city.
Chilean television is reporting at least 16 deaths. The Chilean National Emergency Office Oficina Nacional de Emergencia estimated that the intensity of the earthquake was 9 on the Mercalli scale in the Biobío Region and 8 in Santiago. 
 Tsunami and aftershocks
A tsunami warning was first declared for Chile and Peru. The warning was later extended to Ecuador, Colombia, Antarctica, Panama and Costa Rica. A tsunami amplitude of up to 1.29 m high was recorded in the sea at Valparaiso, Chile. An aftershock of 6.2 was recorded 20 minutes after the initial quake. Two more aftershocks of magnitudes 5.4 and 5.6 followed. The USGS said that a large vigorous aftershock sequence can be expected from this earthquake.
Originally posted by ROBL240
This isnt a fault slip, its a fault rupture. Years of the Pacific moving SouthEast has led to this entire length of the faultline being compressed into the Argentina'n plate. The trigger would have been the Japan quake last night which has finally caused this entire section of the fault to "unzip" from just inside the Argentina coastline to 70 miles Southwest out at sea where a 6.9 has just been reported from a new rupture.
If this was a slip event the quakes would be magnitude'd in a singular area, but you can easily see its beginning to unzip on the USGS map.