Morning Security Brief: Deadly 8.2 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Chile, U.K. Prime Minister Probes Muslim Brotherhood, And More

By Holly Gilbert

► An earthquake with a magnitude of 8.2 rocked the South American nation of Chile on Tuesday night, causing widespread damage and killing at least five people. CNN reports that the quake, which struck around 8:46 p.m. local time, had a depth of 12.5 miles, according to the U.S. Geological survey. Two of the fatalities were from heart attacks suffered as a result of the earthquake; three others were crushed to death. Evacuations of costal towns were immediately ordered to avoid the tsunami waves generated, but by Wednesday morning most residents were allowed back in their homes. “Chile is on the so-called ‘Ring of Fire,’ an arc of volcanoes and fault lines circling the Pacific Basin that is prone to frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions,” the news report states. In February 2010, about 500 people died in an 8.8 magnitude earthquake that struck the same country.

► BBC News reports that British Prime Minister David Cameron has ordered a review of the activity of the Muslim Brotherhood in the United Kingdom. According to the article, “Recent press reports have suggested members have moved to London to escape a crackdown in Cairo, where the group backs ousted president Mohammed Morsi.” The prime minister's office said the review “would examine the group's philosophy and activities, and the government's policy towards it.” The investigation was spurred after evidence emerged that leaders from the Muslim Brotherhood convened in London last year to discuss their plan for responding to events in Egpyt. Cameron says the results of the review will be made public.

► Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) is calling for increased security at the 1 World Trade Center building in light of two recent security breaches there. “Schumer's request comes after a teenager was charged with climbing to the top of the 1,776-foot spire of 1 World Trade Center, three skydiving enthusiasts turned themselves in to face charges in a September jump off the building, and a newspaper published a photo of a guard apparently sleeping on the job,” Fox News reports. Sen. Schumer says that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) should take the lead on the training and performance of security guards at the trade center. The assistant security director of the security firm which provides security for the building, Durst, resigned on Friday. A security review for 1 World Trade Center was submitted in November to DHS and is still under review, according to the article.


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