November 15, 2007 [LINK / comment]

Big earthquake in Chile

The good news is that only two people were killed, and injuries were relatively light compared to the number of homes that were destroyed: 4,000. Yesterday's earthquake in the northern desert region of Chile measured 7.7 magnitude on the Richter scale, and it was felt as far away as Sao Paulo, Brazil. Tall buildings in the capital city Santiago were evacuated. President Michelle Bachelet paid a visit to the disaster zone near Antofagasta, where a state of emergency has been declared. As is usually the case, there were several aftershocks, including two today that exceeded 6.0 in magnitude. See BBC.