Two massive earthquakes strike in just two months, first Haiti, now Chile is hit hard.
The 8.8 magnitude quake hit Chile Saturday, causing over 700 deaths so far.Around the same time Japan was also hit a 7.0 earthquake, which has many wondering if we are seeing more seismic activity than usual.
FOX Fort Wayne spoke with local seismic expert Dipak Chowdhury to find the answer.
“This happens to just be coincidental” says Chowdhury
Chile’s quake was much more massive than the Haiti earthquake with at least 500-times more energy.
Chowdhury says the number of earthquakes we've seen this year isn't out of the ordinary.
“We see between 15 and 20 earthquakes with a magnitude of 7 and above anywhere in the world per year” says Chowdhury.
Chile has seen its share of large earthquakes. Fifty-years-ago the country was hit with a 9.5 quake, which was the largest ever recorded, so Chile, Chowdhury says, was better prepared for earthquake.
Currently the Haiti death toll is over 230,000, which is 300-times more than the current death toll in Chile.
Chowdhury says Chile's buildings are built to better withstand the quakes, and are up to code with seismic standards, unlike Haiti.
Chowdhury says that on average we can expect one earthquake per year above an-8.0 magnitude, so although it's highly likely that we'll see more large earthquakes in 2010, it's unlikely that we will see any more the size of this recent earthquake in Chile.