Another huge earthquake -- 8.8 in Chile

Reply Sat 27 Feb, 2010 02:53 pm
Let's hope Andy or Seaglass report in soon to hear that they're okay.
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Reply Sat 27 Feb, 2010 02:59 pm
I'm listening to this guy on CNN right now who needs to have the word "douchebag" tattooed on his forehead.

I can't believe someone hasn't told him to tone it down.
Reply Sat 27 Feb, 2010 03:09 pm
I can't believe someone hasn't told him to tone it down.
i take it he is a wee bit over excited that he gets to cover an earthquake?
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Reply Sat 27 Feb, 2010 03:29 pm
Probably! The first waves should hit Hawaii in about 30 minutes!

Reply Sat 27 Feb, 2010 03:32 pm
Here are the latest reports from NOAA for all North American coastlines:

This one gives arrival times of the first tsunami rise in water levels:


This one gives the forecasted height levels (amplitude) of the tsunami when it first arrives at each location:

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Reply Sat 27 Feb, 2010 03:34 pm

Chile tsunami hits New Zealand islands
February 28, 2010 - 6:59AM


A 20cm tsunami generated by a huge earthquake in Chile has hit New Zealand's eastern Chatham Islands, and officials have warned that bigger waves are to follow.

New Zealand's entire east coast is at risk on Sunday, with waves up to three metres expected to hit the Chatham Islands and Banks Peninsula, near the main South Island city of Christchurch.

"It is expected that the greatest wave heights will occur between six and 12 hours after the initial arrivals," the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management said in a statement on Sunday.

Residents on the Chatham Islands had been moved to higher ground several hours before the first wave struck and residents in low-lying areas of Banks Peninsula had been told to be prepared to evacuate.
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Reply Sat 27 Feb, 2010 03:57 pm
Live cameras at big surf sites on Hawaii island can be found here:


And the other islands here:



This is a local TV station:


Live streaming of local stations also here:


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Reply Sat 27 Feb, 2010 04:12 pm
I've seen this photo in a few papers, but this is the only one of those I can link, via the SF Chronicle.

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Reply Sat 27 Feb, 2010 04:14 pm

Tsunami causes damage on French Polynesia islands
RAY LILLEY, Associated Press Writer
02/28/2010 | 04:28 AM
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WELLINGTON, New Zealand " A tsunami that crossed the Pacific Ocean hit islands in French Polynesia early Sunday, with waves of about 6 feet (two meters) damaging part of the coast.

Nations around the Asia-Pacific region evacuated coastal areas and warned residents as the tsunami generated by a devastating Chile earthquake approached their shores.

Emergency officials reported a 20-inch (50 centimeter) wave has hit Chatham Islands " the third to come ashore in the islands some 312 miles (500 kilometers) east of New Zealand.

"As the scientists have predicted, the waves are increasing in amplitude ... and it's likely they will grow more," Civil Defense national controller Allan Walker said.

National Radio in New Zealand reported four waves of about 6 feet (two meters) hit the Marquesas Islands of French Polynesia early Sunday, causing damage to coastal areas and to boats. The first wave passed Tahiti with no effects.

Asia-Pacific nations evacuated coasts ahead of the tsunami generated by a devastating earthquake in Chile.

In Samoa, where 183 people died in a tsunami in September, police said most people were moved out of low-lying areas by 6 a.m. local (1800 GMT Saturday). The waves are expected there about 8 a.m. (2000 GMT Saturday).

In Samoa, a degree of panic was evident as people evacuated the coastal areas where the September tsunami hit. Broadcasts and text messages alerted people in the early morning.

"The evacuation is going pretty well, with most people in higher ground already," on the main island of Upolu, police spokesman Tavita Moeono said.

Scores of residents, along with 40 guests and tourists at Chatham Islands' main hotel in the town of Waitangi, earlier evacuated to higher ground ahead of the waves, forecast to reach up to 10 feet (three meters) during the day.

Emergency officials said similar height waves could hit Banks Peninsula on New Zealand's South Island. The east coast of both of New Zealand's main islands has been warned to expect waves up to three feet (one meter) from the tsunami over the next few hours.

In Fiji, people in coastal towns and villages have been evacuated. Police and emergency services are on alert for waves of between 1.9 and 7.5 feet (0.6 - 2.3 meters) on the northern and eastern islands of the archipelago about 9:20 a.m. local time Sunday (2120 GMT Saturday).

Disaster management office duty officer Anthony Blake said coastal evacuations had taken place on Vanua Levu, Fiji's second biggest island, and in the Lau and Lomaiviti island groups.

About a third of Fiji's 800,000 people live in those areas, Blake said.

Cook Islands police issued an all-clear mid-morning Sunday after the tsunami caused a minor tidal surge of a few centimeters."AP
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Reply Sat 27 Feb, 2010 05:32 pm
And Oz seems to be expecting a tsunami effect again:


AUSTRALIA has issued a tsunami warning from Queensland to Tasmania, warning of possible "dangerous waves, strong ocean currents and foreshore flooding.''

And people should get out of the water now as tsunami conditions have reached Australia's east coast, the Joint Australian Tsunami Warning Centre warns.

Anybody who's on the beach or who might be diving in that area or on a boat should be getting out of the water as of now,'' JATWC spokesman Alasdair (Alasdair) Hainsworth told AAP at 9.40am (AEDT).

"We're expecting to see the first effects of the tsunami, now, in south eastern in Australia and then progressively affect the remainder of New South Wales and Queensland.''

The Bureau has warned people on Australia's eastern coast not to travel to the sea to watch the tidal surge.

"Do not go to the coast to watch the tsunami,'' the Bureau of Meteorology's alert said.

"Check that your neighbours have received this advice. Boats in close should return quickly if possible. Boats in deep water should stay offshore until further advised.''

But no evaculations near the Australian coast have been ordered.


Just saw news that Hawaii has been "hit" but no damage.

5 killed by tsunami in Robinson Crusoe Islands, which seem very near Chile.

New Zealand affected, but not dangerously, it appears:
Tsunami hits New Zealand
From correspondents in Wellington From: AFP February 28, 2010 9:33am

WAVES up to 1.5 metres (five feet) high rammed into New Zealand today as a tsunami generated by a huge earthquake in Chile intensified, but there were no reports of serious damage.

New Zealand's entire east coast was at risk with walls of water up to three metres (10 feet) expected to hit the Chatham Islands and Banks Peninsula, near the main South Island city of Christchurch, officials said.

In the South Pacific island nation of Tonga, residents made their way to higher points inland, with memories still fresh of a tsunami in September that also hit Samoa and American Samoa, leaving more than 180 people dead.

The first wave of 20 centimetres arrived at the Chathams soon after 7am and within three hours the waves had risen to 1.5 metres, Rana Solomon of the Chatham Islands Council said.

"It is expected that the greatest wave heights will occur between six and 12 hours after the initial arrivals," the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management said in a statement.

However, officials were hopeful the tsunami would not cause severe damage when they hit mainland New Zealand throughout the day.

"We can say it's unlikely to be very destructive," Ken Gledhill from the Institute of Geological and Nuclear Science (GNS) told Television New Zealand.

Meanwhile, poor Chile:

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Reply Sat 27 Feb, 2010 05:39 pm
On California and expected tsunami, from Humboldt County (waves smaller than expected) -
Reply Sat 27 Feb, 2010 06:02 pm
Waves reach Oz; so far, so good:
Tsunami reaches Australia, no big waves reported
Agence France-Presse | 02/28/2010 7:48 AM


SYDNEY - Australian officials on Sunday recorded the first effects of a wide-ranging tsunami generated by the Chile earthquake, reporting a rise in sea levels but no major waves.

Water levels surged by a few centimetres off Tasmania, they said, warning of rises of up to 40 centimeters (16 inches) and strong currents for several hours rolling up Australia's east coast.

"At the moment we're really in the first few minutes of it," Alasdair Hainsworth, the Bureau of Meteorology's acting assistant director of services, told AFP.

"It's sea levels rising by just a couple of centimetres at the moment."

People were urged to stay away from east coast beaches after the massive 8.8-magnitude quake hit Chile, killing 214 people and sending giant waves speeding across the Pacific.

"We're not expecting to see any significant water inundation but we're still urging people to stay away from the water's edge and stay out of the water," Hainsworth said.

"It's likely to cause strong currents. This could occur for the next four to six hours at least."

But hundreds of people ignored the warnings, heading down to Sydney beaches despite fears that the massive earthquake would trigger a tsunami.

At the popular eastern Sydney beach of Bondi, scores of swimmers ventured into the water while in nearby Coogee people lined the promenade above the sand to watch for any unusual waves.

Bondi lifesaver Jacob Waxs said about 100 people were in the water despite being told it was dangerous and that lifesavers had ordered all beaches in New South Wales closed.

"Unfortunately we cannot order people off the beach, we can only advise," he told AFP.

"Initially everybody got out, however, people seem to be going back in and the tsunami warning is still active."

"The surfers here in Bondi will still be out there when there's a shark alarm," he added.

The New South Wales State Emergency Service (SES) has issued official warnings for people to stay away from the state's coastal areas.

"Do not go to the coast to watch the tsunami, as there is the possibility of dangerous, localised flooding of the immediate foreshore," the warning stated......

as of 02/28/2010 7:48 AM

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Region Philbis
Reply Sat 27 Feb, 2010 07:39 pm

the blazer, no sleeves, too many hand-gestures guy?
he was awful and distracting.

glad the epicenter wasn't in a heavily populated part of chile.
also glad to here they're saying hawaii 'dodged a bullet' tsunami-wise...
Reply Sat 27 Feb, 2010 09:55 pm
@Region Philbis,
Japan ordering some to evacuate, according to Oz ABC:
Evacuation ordered as tsunami heads for Japan
Updated 1 hour 38 minutes ago

The earthquake in Chile sent tsunami waves roaring across the Pacific Ocean. (Reuters)

Japan has evacuated more than 50,000 people from vulnerable seaside areas as a tsunami triggered by the massive earthquake in Chile approaches its Pacific coast.

The tsunami could hit Japan's northern-most island of Hokkaido about 1:00 pm (local time), the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) said.

"A tsunami as high as three metres is expected on the Japanese coastline on the Pacific Ocean," said Yasuo Sekita, an agency official in charge of monitoring earthquakes and tsunamis.

"The height of the tsunami could be twice what is expected, depending on factors such as the shape of the coasts. Also, the second tsunami and ones afterwards could be bigger."

Nations in the Pacific rim were put on tsunami alert after the huge quake struck Chile yesterday afternoon, bringing down buildings and overturning cars in the capital, Santiago.

People in Hawaii were urged to evacuate to higher ground, but the tsunami threat has since past there.

Beaches on Australia's east coast are closed today as smaller waves hit the coast.

Meanwhile, Philippines authorities have urged residents of 19 provinces facing the Pacific Ocean to seek higher ground, warning that a tsunami was expected within hours.

However, they said the waves were not expected to be higher than one metre and no forced evacuation was in place...............

Full story here:


Region Philbis
Reply Sun 28 Feb, 2010 11:12 am

tsunami warnings have been cancelled for entire pacific basin...
Reply Sun 28 Feb, 2010 11:37 am
@Region Philbis,
tsunami warnings have been cancelled for entire pacific basin...
that was great....they issue warning acting like they know the size of the wave and when it will hit, and then when noting much ever happens after extensive civil defense measures they say "tsunami prediction is a new science, and not exact".
They lied. Japan evacuated something like 50,000 people and the wave was 10cm.
take home message, dont take tsunami warnings seriously. Reinforcing the message that has been building for a long while, dont trust public institutions.

As a socialist this kind of bullshit pisses me the hell off.
Walter Hinteler
Reply Sun 28 Feb, 2010 11:48 am
hawkeye10 wrote:

They lied. Japan evacuated something like 50,000 people and the wave was 10cm.

In Japan, it was a four-foot ( = 1.2-meter) wave. And more than 320,000 persons evacuated.
Which was the right thing to do if you want to save lifes.

10 cm difference happens when using a tidal calender quite frequently, by the way.
Reply Sun 28 Feb, 2010 02:23 pm
@Walter Hinteler,
I see now that the 10cm wave was for a Japanese Island, not the main land mass

Ya, I am sure you are right, starting a panic about an event that ends up doing no reported damage is "the right thing to do"....I take it you are of the school of "if it saves just one life it is the right thing to do, no matter what the cost"

These people dont have the knowledge base that enabled them to make accurate predictions, they should have been upfront about that. A watch would have been justified, and warning with mandatory evacuations, not so much.
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