Daily Archives: February 27, 2010

Chile Earthquake, Tsunami

By Andrew Humphrey, CBM
Founder & Co-Chair, NABJ Digital Journalism Task Force

An enormous earthquake occurred near Santiago, Chile.  Several people are injured and dead, and there is a tsunami threat for nearly every Pacific coast in the world, including California & Hawaii.

Social media and satellite technology were crucial to the health and survival of people affected by the Haiti earthquake and journalists’ storytelling.  The use of technology is vital, again.

Here is an earthquake summary from the United States Geological Survey (USGS):

This earthquake occurred at the boundary between the Nazca and South American tectonic plates. The two plates are converging at a rate of 80 mm per year. The earthquake occurred as thrust-faulting on the interface between the two plates, with the Nazca plate moving down and landward below the South American plate.

Click here for more information from the USGS.
Click here for information from the Tsunami Warning Center.
Click here for a spreadsheet on more Chile information, including contacts.