Saturday, February 27, 2010

8.8 Earthquake in Chile

McKade's grandpa called the Church Office Building and found out that all the missionaries in the Chile Santiago North mission are safe and accounted for. McKade's former companion, Elder Davies just called me to tell me that he had spoken with many people in San Felipe, and everything is okay there. There is no damage to buildings or anything. I've heard from many friends and family this morning, all concerned for McKade and the people of Chile. One of the main reasons I am doing this blog is so that it can be printed for McKade to have after his mission. Because of that, I am including some of the messages I've received so that he can have them...


FROM CHILE:
"hola!!
yo soy una amiga de katia, ella esta muy bien gracias a dios. En san felipe fue de 8° el terremoto.. pero por lo que me he enterado no ha pasado nada malo en la ciudad, asi que su hijo debe estar bien con su compaƱero pero algo asustado..
espero que este bien.. saludos"

"thank you for your messages! we are fine, and this Saturday i could travel to San Felipe and see your son. as you know he is fine, safe and good. and he stay another week in San Felipe wow!!
take care!!
love
Amanda
your son say's Hi!! and loves you so much!!!"

FROM THE USA:
"I just heard from my friend whose daughter lives in Santiago that most of the damage in that city was in the south, so I got on Macade’s facebook (or whatever it is) and saw that it was the north Santiago mission. That was somewhat comforting, but so appreciate the confirmation.
Our prayers while you wait for Monday,
Jeanne"

"Thanks for letting me know i just saw the news and was trying to get a hold of Mckade's friends to see if they had your phone number.... I am so glad he is ok... i know that The lord and his angels will always be protecting him.
Kathy"

"Thanks keep me posted.! I was worried about him. When I heard about it last night..
Jordan"

"PLEASE LET US KNOW ABOUT MCKADE AS SOON AS YOU HEAR SOMETHING. WE KNOW HE IS PROTECTED, BUT JUST WANT THE ASSURANCE. WE CAN'T IMAGINE A SMALL QUAKE, LET ALONE AN 8.8 MAGNITUDE. SOUNDS LIKE IT MIGHT TAKE WHILE SINCE COMMUNICATIONS ARE HAMPERED. MATT EXPERIENCED THE NORTHRIDGE, CA. QUAKE WHILE ON HIS MISSION AND THE CHURCH MADE SURE WE KNEW OF HIS SAFETY THAT MORNING.
HUGS AND PRAYERS, KAREN"

"I woke up this morning with my mom telling me what happend. I am so happy to hear that he is okay. please keep me updated if you get any other info. thanks. Kelsee"

"I just wanted to know if you've heard from anyone from McKade's mission reporting on the earthquake or anything? Just want to know McKade's doing well. Let me know if you hear anything. Emily"

"I was seconds away from calling your Dad to find out about McAde, then Jeanne said she received an email from you indicating he was okay. Wonderful!.... love you, Ruth"

"This is great to hear. Alex's wife's family made it ok as well. Just have no power but their house is still standing....I am sure the Elders will be pretty busy in the days to come to help take care of those in need! Tammy"

"I'm so grateful for McKade's safety! You have our prayers. Gae"

"Glad he's ok, Amy! Huge prayers for those in Chile and Hawaii.. Soo scary!! Julie"

"So glad to hear he is okay. Jeni"

Chile Earthquake Slideshow


Article from Voice of America
Based on U.S. Geological Survey figures, Saturday's 8.8-magnitude earthquake in Chile could rank as one of the most powerful in history.

If the magnitude of the Chilean earthquake stands, it would be tied as the fifth-strongest earthquake recorded since 1900, when records were first kept. An earthquake off the coast of Ecuador in 1906 also was recorded to have a magnitude of 8.8.

The most powerful earthquake recorded also occurred in Chile, in 1960. It had a magnitude of 9.5. In southern Chile alone, that earthquake killed approximately 1,655 people, left about two million homeless, and caused $550 million in damage.

The strongest earthquake in recent years - and the third strongest since 1900 - was a magnitude 9.1 earthquake off the coast of Sumatra in 2004. That quake spawned the tsunami that killed almost 228,000 people in South Asia.

The 1960 Chile earthquake generated a tsunami that caused 61 deaths and $75 million of damage in Hawaii, 138 deaths and $50 million damage in Japan, and another 32 dead and missing in the Philippines. It also caused $500,000 in damage on the west coast of the United States.

Paul Caruso of the National Earthquake information Center tells VOA that seismologists began recording earthquake magnitude in 1925, and applied those measurements to modern earthquakes dating back to 1900.

Throughout history, the most powerful earthquakes have not necessarily been the deadliest. The deadliest earthquake of modern times was recorded in 1556 in central China. More than 830,000 people were reported killed in that quake, which had an estimated magnitude of 8.

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