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Earthquake damage seen from space

By: Katherine Butler on Sept. 23, 2012, 4:09 p.m.
Haze over Santiago after earthquake

Photo: NASA

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Santiago, Chile

Here NASA captures a haze hanging over the city of Santiago, Chile, after a magnitude-8.8 earthquake on Feb. 27, 2010. Taken by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Terra satellite, the image shows black smoke over the city, with pollution or dust showing up as the light grey. 


More than 300 people were killed by this shaker, which moved as many as 2 million people, according to CNN. The great depth of the earthquake, which occurred at a depth of 21.7 miles, is thought to have contributed to a lesser amount of surface damage that the magnitude-7.0 quake that occurred the previous month in Haiti. The Haiti quake, which killed upwards of 212,000 people, had a shallow 8.1-mile depth.