posted on Mar, 19 2011 @ 02:30 AM
I don't know if you have seen the consequences of a 9.5 one as the one we had in Valdivia in 1960. I have seen it, by first hand.
The whole landscape changed dramatically... When i saw the pictures of Valdivia pre-quake i was in shock.... the whole place changed completely!. The
sea entered the city, rivers flowed backwards, boats were thrown onto the continent a few kilometers... some places are still under water till now
(and those boats are still where the tsunami left them, rusted or absolutely under water you only can see the pipes of them popping out in the river).
You can go sailing on the Calle Calle river and actually see pipes from old industries, and along the road you can see pretty lakes full of lotuses
that used to be cultivable land!
Sometimes is hard to imagine how much damage can cause a quake over 9.0. For more information,
you can find the wikipedia article of the 1960 quake in Valdivia... there's
some pictures too. It's somehow the only good information source i was able to foud that's in proper english. There's some pictures of Valdivia pre
quake, if you compare them to the nowadays Valdivia... it's absolutely different. Click
After that introduction, it's scary, but yes, we are cappable of having a 10. Maybe we don't have as many quakes as Japan or other more seismic
countries -in frequency- on the Ring of Fire, but ours are so violent and destructive, always. l was searching on the Wikipedia's list of chilean
quakes and geez, i'm creeped out.
But lately, it seems that for our authorities, under 6.5 is just a "minor tremor"