An 8.2 magnitude earthquake hit Chile on April 1, 2014, at 8:46 p.m. local time causing the country to shake. However, as Chile had suffered a previous earthquake on 2010, with a greater magnitude, 8.8, people were ready to act. Four years ago, this dangerous earthquake hit Chile, and President Michelle Bachelet did not know how to proceed, causing 525 deaths. Because of this mistake, Chile’s President has learned how to act in a dangerous situation. This time, when the earthquake hit, Bachelet was ready to respond and everyone acted accordingly, moving about 900,000 people to higher lands. Nevertheless, there are still people who do not believe that Chile’s seismic preparation is complete. There have been at least 6 deaths, and all the Pacific Coastline has been warned about a tsunami, which thankfully later were negated.
The earthquake caused wave movement, but no bigger waves than a few feet high were formed. Scientists believe this was due to the proximity of the earthquake’s location to the coastline. No tsunami happened, but many small quakes occurred, which has activated warning signals. Fortunately, Chileans took control of the situation, although power has fallen in some affected areas. Let’s hope no more earthquakes hit South America’s coastline.