Ordinarily, the flashes of white in South America’s Atacama Desert rise from salt pans.But on July 7, 2011, when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite acquired these images, the white came from a far rarer commodity: snow.
On 3/11/2010 2:39:48 PM, an earthquake of magnitude 7.2 and depth 35km occurred in Chile. This earthquake potentially affected 771000 people. Tsunami waves are estimated to be lower than 10cm. More information www.gdacs.org.
Authorities in Chile have issued a request for supplies, including mobile bridges, satellite telephones, electric generators, water purification systems and dialysis centers. The United Nations is sending several satellite phones to Chile for officials coordinating earthquake relief efforts and is prepared to send 30 tons of food and other aid if the government gives the green light, the top U.N.
GDACS red alert as 8.3-magnitude quake hits Chile.
On 2/27/2010 6:34:17 AM, an earthquake of magnitude 8.3 and depth 59.4km occurred in Chile. This earthquake caused a tsunami with estimated wave heights of over 4m. Within 100km around the epicentre there are 630000 people. More info on www.gdacs.org.
On 6 September intense rains triggered a soil removal. On the following day, other landslides occurred in the commune of Lo Barnechea, which resulted in the destruction of homes and also injured, missing and dead people.
Chile's Llaima volcano belched ash 7 km into the sky in an intensifying eruption. It began spitting lava on 3 April and continues to permanently erupt with explosions, lava flows and ash. Approximately 70 people were evacuated overnight because of the risk of mud avalanches as the lava melts snow on the volcano.