The Energy of an Earthquake

1 03 2010

Check this out. This image from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and details how the energy from the 8.8 Richter scale earthquake in Chile last week spread out over the Pacific.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

The earthquake pushed 66.6 exajoules of energy out across the waters, which is comparable to 15.8 gigatons of TNT or 316 50-megaton nuclear bombs going off in one place. Crazy.

Luckily, the massive tsunami created by the explosion of energy weakened before it hit populated coastal areas. Unfortunately, though, the earthquake itself has already claimed more than 700 victims in Chile.

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