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    Default Chilean Earthquake At 0545 EST 27 Feb

    I got this in my email this morning:

    TSUNAMI BULLETIN NUMBER 005
    PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER/NOAA/NWS
    ISSUED AT 1045Z 27 FEB 2010

    THIS BULLETIN APPLIES TO AREAS WITHIN AND BORDERING THE PACIFIC
    OCEAN AND ADJACENT SEAS...EXCEPT ALASKA...BRITISH COLUMBIA...
    WASHINGTON...OREGON AND CALIFORNIA.

    ... A WIDESPREAD TSUNAMI WARNING IS IN EFFECT ...

    A TSUNAMI WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR

    CHILE / PERU / ECUADOR / COLOMBIA / ANTARCTICA / PANAMA /
    COSTA RICA / NICARAGUA / PITCAIRN / HONDURAS / EL SALVADOR /
    GUATEMALA / FR. POLYNESIA / MEXICO / COOK ISLANDS / KIRIBATI /
    KERMADEC IS / NIUE / NEW ZEALAND / TONGA / AMERICAN SAMOA /
    SAMOA / JARVIS IS. / WALLIS-FUTUNA / TOKELAU / FIJI /
    AUSTRALIA / HAWAII / PALMYRA IS. / TUVALU / VANUATU /
    HOWLAND-BAKER / NEW CALEDONIA / JOHNSTON IS. / SOLOMON IS. /
    NAURU / MARSHALL IS. / MIDWAY IS. / KOSRAE / PAPUA NEW GUINEA /
    POHNPEI / WAKE IS. / CHUUK / RUSSIA / MARCUS IS. / INDONESIA /
    N. MARIANAS / GUAM / YAP / BELAU / JAPAN / PHILIPPINES /
    CHINESE TAIPEI

    THIS BULLETIN IS ISSUED AS ADVICE TO GOVERNMENT AGENCIES. ONLY
    NATIONAL AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT AGENCIES HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO MAKE
    DECISIONS REGARDING THE OFFICIAL STATE OF ALERT IN THEIR AREA AND
    ANY ACTIONS TO BE TAKEN IN RESPONSE.

    AN EARTHQUAKE HAS OCCURRED WITH THESE PRELIMINARY PARAMETERS

    ORIGIN TIME - 0634Z 27 FEB 2010
    COORDINATES - 36.1 SOUTH 72.6 WEST
    DEPTH - 55 KM
    LOCATION - NEAR COAST OF CENTRAL CHILE
    MAGNITUDE - 8.8

    MEASUREMENTS OR REPORTS OF TSUNAMI WAVE ACTIVITY

    GAUGE LOCATION LAT LON TIME AMPL PER
    ------------------- ----- ------ ----- --------------- -----
    IQUIQUE CL 20.2S 70.1W 0906Z 0.27M / 0.9FT 72MIN
    ANTOFAGASTA CL 23.2S 70.4W 0941Z 0.49M / 1.6FT 52MIN
    ARICA CL 18.5S 70.3W 1007Z 0.94M / 3.1FT 44MIN
    DART LIMA 32412 18.0S 86.4W 0941Z 0.24M / 0.8FT 36MIN
    CALDERA CL 27.1S 70.8W 0843Z 0.45M / 1.5FT 20MIN
    TALCAHUANO CL 36.7S 73.4W 0653Z 2.34M / 7.7FT 88MIN
    COQUIMBO CL 30.0S 71.3W 0852Z 1.32M / 4.3FT 30MIN
    CORRAL CL 39.9S 73.4W 0739Z 0.90M / 2.9FT 16MIN
    SAN FELIX CL 26.3S 80.1W 0815Z 0.53M / 1.7FT 08MIN
    VALPARAISO CL 33.0S 71.6W 0708Z 1.29M / 4.2FT 20MIN

    LAT - LATITUDE (N-NORTH, S-SOUTH)
    LON - LONGITUDE (E-EAST, W-WEST)
    TIME - TIME OF THE MEASUREMENT (Z IS UTC IS GREENWICH TIME)
    AMPL - TSUNAMI AMPLITUDE MEASURED RELATIVE TO NORMAL SEA LEVEL.
    IT IS ...NOT... CREST-TO-TROUGH WAVE HEIGHT.
    VALUES ARE GIVEN IN BOTH METERS(M) AND FEET(FT).
    PER - PERIOD OF TIME IN MINUTES(MIN) FROM ONE WAVE TO THE NEXT.

    EVALUATION

    SEA LEVEL READINGS CONFIRM THAT A TSUNAMI HAS BEEN GENERATED
    WHICH COULD CAUSE WIDESPREAD DAMAGE. AUTHORITIES SHOULD TAKE
    APPROPRIATE ACTION IN RESPONSE TO THIS THREAT. THIS CENTER WILL
    CONTINUE TO MONITOR SEA LEVEL DATA TO DETERMINE THE EXTENT AND
    SEVERITY OF THE THREAT.

    A TSUNAMI IS A SERIES OF WAVES AND THE FIRST WAVE MAY NOT BE THE
    LARGEST. TSUNAMI WAVE HEIGHTS CANNOT BE PREDICTED AND CAN VARY
    SIGNIFICANTLY ALONG A COAST DUE TO LOCAL EFFECTS. THE TIME FROM
    ONE TSUNAMI WAVE TO THE NEXT CAN BE FIVE MINUTES TO AN HOUR, AND
    THE THREAT CAN CONTINUE FOR MANY HOURS AS MULTIPLE WAVES ARRIVE.

    FOR ALL AREAS - WHEN NO MAJOR WAVES ARE OBSERVED FOR TWO HOURS
    AFTER THE ESTIMATED TIME OF ARRIVAL OR DAMAGING WAVES HAVE NOT
    OCCURRED FOR AT LEAST TWO HOURS THEN LOCAL AUTHORITIES CAN ASSUME
    THE THREAT IS PASSED. DANGER TO BOATS AND COASTAL STRUCTURES CAN
    CONTINUE FOR SEVERAL HOURS DUE TO RAPID CURRENTS. AS LOCAL
    CONDITIONS CAN CAUSE A WIDE VARIATION IN TSUNAMI WAVE ACTION THE
    ALL CLEAR DETERMINATION MUST BE MADE BY LOCAL AUTHORITIES.

    ESTIMATED INITIAL TSUNAMI WAVE ARRIVAL TIMES AT FORECAST POINTS
    WITHIN THE WARNING AND WATCH AREAS ARE GIVEN BELOW. ACTUAL
    ARRIVAL TIMES MAY DIFFER AND THE INITIAL WAVE MAY NOT BE THE
    LARGEST. A TSUNAMI IS A SERIES OF WAVES AND THE TIME BETWEEN
    SUCCESSIVE WAVES CAN BE FIVE MINUTES TO ONE HOUR.

    LOCATION FORECAST POINT COORDINATES ARRIVAL TIME
    -------------------------------- ------------ ------------
    CHILE TALCAHUANO 36.7S 73.1W 0729Z 27 FEB
    VALPARAISO 33.0S 71.6W 0739Z 27 FEB
    COQUIMBO 29.9S 71.3W 0801Z 27 FEB
    CORRAL 39.8S 73.5W 0810Z 27 FEB
    CALDERA 27.1S 70.8W 0821Z 27 FEB
    ANTOFAGASTA 23.3S 70.4W 0844Z 27 FEB
    IQUIQUE 20.2S 70.1W 0911Z 27 FEB
    ARICA 18.5S 70.3W 0929Z 27 FEB
    GOLFO DE PENAS 47.1S 74.9W 0934Z 27 FEB
    PUERTO MONTT 41.5S 73.0W 1052Z 27 FEB
    EASTER IS. 27.1S 109.4W 1205Z 27 FEB
    PUNTA ARENAS 53.2S 70.9W 1213Z 27 FEB
    PUERTO WILLIAMS 54.8S 68.2W 1404Z 27 FEB
    PERU MOLLENDO 17.1S 72.0W 0936Z 27 FEB
    SAN JUAN 15.3S 75.2W 0952Z 27 FEB
    LA PUNTA 12.1S 77.2W 1045Z 27 FEB
    PIMENTAL 6.9S 80.0W 1114Z 27 FEB
    TALARA 4.6S 81.5W 1127Z 27 FEB
    CHIMBOTE 9.0S 78.8W 1132Z 27 FEB
    ECUADOR LA LIBERTAD 2.2S 81.2W 1202Z 27 FEB
    ESMERELDAS 1.2N 79.8W 1234Z 27 FEB
    BALTRA IS. 0.5S 90.3W 1313Z 27 FEB
    COLOMBIA TUMACO 1.8N 78.9W 1253Z 27 FEB
    BAHIA SOLANO 6.3N 77.4W 1327Z 27 FEB
    BUENAVENTURA 3.8N 77.2W 1340Z 27 FEB
    ANTARCTICA THURSTON IS. 72.0S 100.0W 1312Z 27 FEB
    CAPE ADARE 71.0S 170.0E 1650Z 27 FEB
    PANAMA PUERTO PINA 7.4N 78.1W 1331Z 27 FEB
    PUNTA MALA 7.5N 79.9W 1334Z 27 FEB
    PUNTA BURICA 8.0N 82.8W 1340Z 27 FEB
    BALBOA HTS. 9.0N 79.6W 1457Z 27 FEB
    COSTA RICA CABO MATAPALO 8.4N 83.3W 1344Z 27 FEB
    PUERTO QUEPOS 9.4N 84.2W 1417Z 27 FEB
    CABO SAN ELENA 10.9N 86.0W 1452Z 27 FEB
    NICARAGUA SAN JUAN DL SUR 11.2N 85.9W 1452Z 27 FEB
    PUERTO SANDINO 12.2N 86.8W 1512Z 27 FEB
    CORINTO 12.5N 87.2W 1520Z 27 FEB
    PITCAIRN PITCAIRN IS. 25.1S 130.1W 1455Z 27 FEB
    HONDURAS AMAPALA 13.2N 87.6W 1520Z 27 FEB
    EL SALVADOR ACAJUTLA 13.6N 89.8W 1531Z 27 FEB
    GUATEMALA SIPICATE 13.9N 91.2W 1539Z 27 FEB
    FR. POLYNESIA RIKITEA 23.1S 135.0W 1542Z 27 FEB
    HIVA OA 10.0S 139.0W 1723Z 27 FEB
    PAPEETE 17.5S 149.6W 1748Z 27 FEB
    MEXICO PUERTO MADERO 14.8N 92.5W 1552Z 27 FEB
    ACAPULCO 16.9N 99.9W 1615Z 27 FEB
    MANZANILLO 19.1N 104.3W 1709Z 27 FEB
    SOCORRO 18.8N 111.0W 1719Z 27 FEB
    CABO SAN LUCAS 22.8N 110.0W 1749Z 27 FEB
    MAZATLAN 23.2N 106.4W 1753Z 27 FEB
    PUNTA ABREOJOS 26.7N 113.6W 1856Z 27 FEB
    ENSENADA 31.8N 116.8W 2016Z 27 FEB
    COOK ISLANDS RAROTONGA 21.2S 159.8W 1814Z 27 FEB
    PENRYN IS. 8.9S 157.8W 1925Z 27 FEB
    PUKAPUKA IS. 10.8S 165.9W 1950Z 27 FEB
    KIRIBATI FLINT IS. 11.4S 151.8W 1836Z 27 FEB
    MALDEN IS. 3.9S 154.9W 1934Z 27 FEB
    CHRISTMAS IS. 2.0N 157.5W 2028Z 27 FEB
    KANTON IS. 2.8S 171.7W 2112Z 27 FEB
    TARAWA IS. 1.5N 173.0E 2258Z 27 FEB
    KERMADEC IS RAOUL IS. 29.2S 177.9W 1912Z 27 FEB
    NIUE NIUE IS. 19.0S 170.0W 1918Z 27 FEB
    NEW ZEALAND EAST CAPE 37.7S 178.5E 1918Z 27 FEB
    GISBORNE 38.7S 178.0E 1922Z 27 FEB
    DUNEDIN 45.9S 170.5E 1952Z 27 FEB
    NAPIER 39.5S 176.9E 1954Z 27 FEB
    WELLINGTON 41.3S 174.8E 1955Z 27 FEB
    MILFORD SOUND 44.6S 167.9E 2005Z 27 FEB
    NORTH CAPE 34.4S 173.3E 2010Z 27 FEB
    BLUFF 46.6S 168.3E 2030Z 27 FEB
    LYTTELTON 43.6S 172.7E 2040Z 27 FEB
    AUCKLAND(E) 36.7S 175.0E 2056Z 27 FEB
    NELSON 41.3S 173.3E 2127Z 27 FEB
    WESTPORT 41.8S 171.6E 2129Z 27 FEB
    AUCKLAND(W) 37.1S 174.2E 2140Z 27 FEB
    NEW PLYMOUTH 39.1S 174.1E 2219Z 27 FEB
    TONGA NUKUALOFA 21.0S 175.2W 1940Z 27 FEB
    AMERICAN SAMOA PAGO PAGO 14.3S 170.7W 1951Z 27 FEB
    SAMOA APIA 13.8S 171.8W 2006Z 27 FEB
    JARVIS IS. JARVIS IS. 0.4S 160.1W 2026Z 27 FEB
    WALLIS-FUTUNA WALLIS IS. 13.2S 176.2W 2028Z 27 FEB
    TOKELAU NUKUNONU IS. 9.2S 171.8W 2030Z 27 FEB
    FIJI SUVA 18.1S 178.4E 2104Z 27 FEB
    AUSTRALIA HOBART 43.3S 147.6E 2105Z 27 FEB
    SYDNEY 33.9S 151.4E 2146Z 27 FEB
    BRISBANE 27.2S 153.3E 2310Z 27 FEB
    GLADSTONE 23.8S 151.4E 0101Z 28 FEB
    CAIRNS 16.7S 145.8E 0159Z 28 FEB
    MACKAY 21.1S 149.3E 0251Z 28 FEB
    HAWAII HILO 19.7N 155.1W 2119Z 27 FEB
    HONOLULU 21.3N 157.9W 2152Z 27 FEB
    NAWILIWILI 22.0N 159.4W 2158Z 27 FEB
    PALMYRA IS. PALMYRA IS. 6.3N 162.4W 2124Z 27 FEB
    TUVALU FUNAFUTI IS. 7.9S 178.5E 2125Z 27 FEB
    VANUATU ANATOM IS. 20.2S 169.9E 2137Z 27 FEB
    ESPERITU SANTO 15.1S 167.3E 2235Z 27 FEB
    HOWLAND-BAKER HOWLAND IS. 0.6N 176.6W 2154Z 27 FEB
    NEW CALEDONIA NOUMEA 22.3S 166.5E 2218Z 27 FEB
    JOHNSTON IS. JOHNSTON IS. 16.7N 169.5W 2245Z 27 FEB
    SOLOMON IS. KIRAKIRA 10.4S 161.9E 2321Z 27 FEB
    MUNDA 8.4S 157.2E 0001Z 28 FEB
    GHATERE 7.8S 159.2E 0001Z 28 FEB
    AUKI 8.8S 160.6E 0004Z 28 FEB
    HONIARA 9.3S 160.0E 0004Z 28 FEB
    FALAMAE 7.4S 155.6E 0017Z 28 FEB
    PANGGOE 6.9S 157.2E 0020Z 28 FEB
    NAURU NAURU 0.5S 166.9E 2331Z 27 FEB
    MARSHALL IS. MAJURO 7.1N 171.4E 2339Z 27 FEB
    KWAJALEIN 8.7N 167.7E 0013Z 28 FEB
    ENIWETOK 11.4N 162.3E 0102Z 28 FEB
    MIDWAY IS. MIDWAY IS. 28.2N 177.4W 0022Z 28 FEB
    KOSRAE KOSRAE IS. 5.5N 163.0E 0026Z 28 FEB
    PAPUA NEW GUINE AMUN 6.0S 154.7E 0036Z 28 FEB
    KIETA 6.1S 155.6E 0038Z 28 FEB
    RABAUL 4.2S 152.3E 0102Z 28 FEB
    PORT MORESBY 9.3S 146.9E 0123Z 28 FEB
    LAE 6.8S 147.0E 0128Z 28 FEB
    KAVIENG 2.5S 150.7E 0135Z 28 FEB
    MADANG 5.2S 145.8E 0154Z 28 FEB
    MANUS IS. 2.0S 147.5E 0214Z 28 FEB
    WEWAK 3.5S 143.6E 0237Z 28 FEB
    VANIMO 2.6S 141.3E 0258Z 28 FEB
    POHNPEI POHNPEI IS. 7.0N 158.2E 0111Z 28 FEB
    WAKE IS. WAKE IS. 19.3N 166.6E 0112Z 28 FEB
    CHUUK CHUUK IS. 7.4N 151.8E 0213Z 28 FEB
    RUSSIA MEDNNY IS 54.7N 167.4E 0236Z 28 FEB
    UST KAMCHATSK 56.1N 162.6E 0302Z 28 FEB
    PETROPAVLOVSK K 53.2N 159.6E 0333Z 28 FEB
    URUP IS 46.1N 150.5E 0354Z 28 FEB
    SEVERO KURILSK 50.8N 156.1E 0410Z 28 FEB
    MARCUS IS. MARCUS IS. 24.3N 154.0E 0248Z 28 FEB
    INDONESIA JAYAPURA 2.4S 140.8E 0302Z 28 FEB
    WARSA 0.6S 135.8E 0345Z 28 FEB
    MANOKWARI 0.8S 134.2E 0405Z 28 FEB
    SORONG 0.8S 131.1E 0433Z 28 FEB
    BEREBERE 2.5N 128.7E 0452Z 28 FEB
    PATANI 0.4N 128.8E 0505Z 28 FEB
    GEME 4.6N 126.8E 0512Z 28 FEB
    N. MARIANAS SAIPAN 15.3N 145.8E 0303Z 28 FEB
    GUAM GUAM 13.4N 144.7E 0311Z 28 FEB
    YAP YAP IS. 9.5N 138.1E 0352Z 28 FEB
    BELAU MALAKAL 7.3N 134.5E 0413Z 28 FEB
    JAPAN KUSHIRO 42.9N 144.3E 0435Z 28 FEB
    KATSUURA 35.1N 140.3E 0453Z 28 FEB
    HACHINOHE 40.5N 141.5E 0509Z 28 FEB
    SHIMIZU 32.8N 133.0E 0557Z 28 FEB
    OKINAWA 26.2N 127.8E 0610Z 28 FEB
    PHILIPPINES DAVAO 6.8N 125.7E 0527Z 28 FEB
    PALANAN 17.1N 122.6E 0559Z 28 FEB
    LEGASPI 13.2N 123.8E 0604Z 28 FEB
    CHINESE TAIPEI HUALIEN 24.0N 121.6E 0626Z 28 FEB
    HUALIEN 24.0N 121.7E 0626Z 28 FEB
    CHILUNG 25.2N 121.8E 0654Z 28 FEB
    TAITUNG 22.7N 121.2E 0655Z 28 FEB

    BULLETINS WILL BE ISSUED HOURLY OR SOONER IF CONDITIONS WARRANT.
    THE TSUNAMI WARNING WILL REMAIN IN EFFECT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

    THE WEST COAST/ALASKA TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER WILL ISSUE PRODUCTS
    FOR ALASKA...BRITISH COLUMBIA...WASHINGTON...OREGON...CALIFORNIA.

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    Default Update 0611hrs 27 Feb

    Follow-on info for the west coast:

    WEAK51 PAAQ 271055
    TSUAK1

    BULLETIN
    PUBLIC TSUNAMI MESSAGE NUMBER 5
    NWS WEST COAST/ALASKA TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER PALMER AK
    255 AM PST SAT FEB 27 2010

    ...A TSUNAMI ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT WHICH INCLUDES THE
    COASTAL AREAS OF CALIFORNIA FROM THE CALIFORNIA-MEXICO
    BORDER TO THE OREGON-CALIFORNIA BORDER...

    ...A TSUNAMI ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT WHICH INCLUDES THE
    COASTAL AREAS OF ALASKA FROM KODIAK ALASKA TO ATTU
    ALASKA...

    ...THIS MESSAGE IS INFORMATION ONLY FOR COASTAL AREAS OF
    OREGON - WASHINGTON - BRITISH COLUMBIA AND ALASKA FROM THE
    OREGON-CALIFORNIA BORDER TO KODIAK ALASKA...

    A TSUNAMI ADVISORY MEANS THAT A TSUNAMI CAPABLE OF PRODUCING
    STRONG CURRENTS OR WAVES DANGEROUS TO PERSONS IN OR VERY NEAR
    THE WATER IS IMMINENT OR EXPECTED. SIGNIFICANT WIDESPREAD
    INUNDATION IS NOT EXPECTED FOR AREAS UNDER AN ADVISORY.
    CURRENTS MAY BE HAZARDOUS TO SWIMMERS... BOATS... AND COASTAL
    STRUCTURES AND MAY CONTINUE FOR SEVERAL HOURS AFTER THE
    INITIAL WAVE ARRIVAL.

    AT 1034 PM PACIFIC STANDARD TIME ON FEBRUARY 26 AN EARTHQUAKE WITH
    PRELIMINARY MAGNITUDE 8.8 OCCURRED
    NEAR THE COAST OF CENTRAL CHILE.
    THIS EARTHQUAKE HAS GENERATED A TSUNAMI WHICH COULD CAUSE DAMAGE
    TO REGIONS IN A WARNING OR ADVISORY.
    THE WAVES WILL FIRST REACH
    LA JOLLA CALIFORNIA AT 002 PM PST ON FEBRUARY 27.
    ESTIMATED TSUNAMI ARRIVAL TIMES AND MAPS ALONG WITH SAFETY RULES
    AND OTHER INFORMATION CAN BE FOUND ON THE WEB SITE
    WCATWC.ARH.NOAA.GOV.

    A TSUNAMI HAS BEEN OBSERVED AT THE FOLLOWING SITES

    LOCATION LAT LON TIME AMPL
    ------------------------ ----- ------ ------- -----------
    42MIN ANTOFAGASTA 23.3S 70.4W 0813UTC 0.46M/1.5FT
    40MIN IQUIQUE CHIL 20.2S 70.2W 0848UTC 0.30M/ 1.0FT
    28MIN COQUIMBO CHI 29.9S 71.3W 0903UTC 1.27M/4.2 FT
    40MIN CALDERA CHIL 27.1S 70.8W 0745UTC 0.52M/1.7 FT
    47MIN CORRAL CHILE 39.9S 73.4W 1013UTC 1.54M/5.1FT
    40MIN TALCAHUANO C 36.7S 73.1W 0659UTC 1.89M/6.3FT
    42MIN VALPARAISO C 33.0S 71.4W 0859UTC 2.60M/8.7 FT
    16MIN SAN FELIX CH 26.3S 80.1W 0808UTC 0.81M/2.7 FT

    TIME - TIME OF MEASUREMENT
    AMPL - TSUNAMI AMPLITUDES ARE MEASURED RELATIVE TO NORMAL SEA LEVEL.
    IT IS ...NOT... CREST-TO-TROUGH WAVE HEIGHT.
    VALUES ARE GIVEN IN BOTH METERS(M) AND FEET(FT).

    TSUNAMIS CAN BE DANGEROUS WAVES THAT ARE NOT SURVIVABLE. WAVE
    HEIGHTS ARE AMPLIFIED BY IRREGULAR SHORELINE AND ARE DIFFICULT TO
    FORECAST. TSUNAMIS OFTEN APPEAR AS A STRONG SURGE AND MAY BE
    PRECEDED BY A RECEDING WATER LEVEL. MARINERS IN WATER DEEPER
    THAN 600 FEET SHOULD NOT BE AFFECTED BY A TSUNAMI. WAVE HEIGHTS
    WILL INCREASE RAPIDLY AS WATER SHALLOWS. TSUNAMIS ARE A SERIES OF
    OCEAN WAVES WHICH CAN BE DANGEROUS FOR SEVERAL HOURS AFTER THE
    INITIAL WAVE ARRIVAL. DO NOT RETURN TO EVACUATED AREAS UNTIL AN
    ALL CLEAR IS GIVEN BY LOCAL CIVIL AUTHORITIES.

    THE PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER IN EWA BEACH HAWAII WILL ISSUE
    MESSAGES FOR HAWAII AND OTHER AREAS OF THE PACIFIC OUTSIDE
    CALIFORNIA/ OREGON/ WASHINGTON/ BRITISH COLUMBIA AND ALASKA.

    THIS MESSAGE WILL BE UPDATED IN 60 MINUTES OR SOONER IF
    THE SITUATION WARRANTS. THE TSUNAMI MESSAGE WILL REMAIN
    IN EFFECT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION STAY TUNED
    TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO... YOUR LOCAL TV OR RADIO STATIONS... OR SEE
    THE WEB SITE WCATWC.ARH.NOAA.GOV.

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    Death toll is just under 100 with it expected to rise somewhat. From what I heard on the news this morning, they have pretty strict building codes (implemented after the last big quake) so newer buildings are seismically built.........tsunami warnings as far as Hawaii.....

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    I've been away working stand-by at a Hearts Stop Hockey tournament all day and just got home. Here's what I found in one news article:
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    Massive earthquake hits Chile, 147 dead

    By Jose Luis Saavedra, Reuters February 27, 2010 12:29 PM •Story•Photos ( 5 )•Video ( 1 )

    CONCEPCION, Chile (Reuters) - One of the most powerful earthquakes in decades battered Chile Saturday, killing at least 147 people, knocking down buildings and triggering a tsunami that rolled menacingly across the Pacific.

    Buildings caught fire, major highway bridges collapsed and debris lay in the streets across large swathes of central Chile.

    A 15-storey building collapsed in Concepcion, the closest major city to the epicenter, and overturned cars lay scattered below a fallen overpass in the capital Santiago. Telephone and power lines went down, making it difficult to assess the full extent of the damage and loss of life.

    Chilean President-elect Sebastian Pinera said at least 147 people had died in the 8.8-magnitude quake, which struck at 3:34 a.m, sending many people rushing from their beds and onto the streets in fear.

    Tsunami warnings were posted around the Pacific, including the U.S. state of Hawaii, Japan and Russia.

    One emergency official said Chile’s death toll was unlikely to increase dramatically, but it was one of the 10 biggest quakes recorded since 1900 and dealt a blow to the economic infrastructure in the world’s No. 1 copper producer and one of Latin America’s most developed and stable countries.

    “This will be a major blow to the country’s infrastructure; there has been major damage to roads, airports, which are now suspended, ports and also in housing,” Pinera told reporters.

    The quake halted operations at two major mines and President Michelle Bachelet said a huge wave hit the Juan Fernandez islands, an archipelago where Scottish sailor Alexander Selkirk was marooned in the 18th century, inspiring the novel Robinson Crusoe.

    “There was a series of waves that got bigger and bigger, which gave people time to save themselves,” pilot Fernando Avaria told TVN television by telephone from the main island. Three people were killed and four missing there, he said.

    Bachelet said residents were evacuated from coastal areas of Chile’s remote Easter Island, a popular tourist destination in the Pacific famous for its towering Moai stone statues.

    The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake struck 70 miles northeast of Concepcion at a depth of 22 miles .

    The capital Santiago, about 200 miles north of the epicenter, was also badly hit. The international airport was closed for at least 24 hours as the quake destroyed passenger walkways and shook glass out of doors and windows.

    “I thought I’d blown a tire ... but then I saw the highway moving like it was a piece of paper and I realized it was something much worse,” said one man who was forced to abandon his car on a wrecked highway overpass.

    Chile’s Codelco, the world’s largest copper producer, suspended operations at its El Teniente and Andina mines, but reported no major damage and said it expected the mines to be up and running in the “coming hours.”

    Production was halted at the Los Bronces and El Soldado copper mines, owned by Anglo American Plc, but Chile’s biggest copper mine, Escondida, was operating normally.

    Chile produces about 34 percent of world supply of copper, which is used in electronics, cars and refrigerators.

    TSUNAMI

    Unusually big waves battered Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands, where residents were moved to higher ground as a precaution.

    “Chile probably got the brunt force of the tsunami already. So probably the worst has already happened in Chile,” said Victor Sardina, geophysicist at the warning center.

    “The tsunami was pretty big too. We reported some places around 8 feet. And it’s quite possible it would be higher in other areas,” he added.

    An earthquake of magnitude 8 or over can cause “tremendous damage,” the USGS says. The Jan. 12 quake that devastated Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince was measured as magnitude 7.0.

    Local television showed a building in flames in Concepcion, one of Chile’s largest cities with around 670,000 inhabitants. Some residents looted pharmacies and a collapsed grains silo, hauling off bags of wheat, television images showed.

    Broken glass and chunks of concrete and brick were strewn across roads and several strong aftershocks rattled jittery residents in the hours after the initial quake.

    In the moments after the quake, people streamed onto the streets of the Chilean capital hugging each other and crying.

    “My house is completely destroyed, everything fell over ... it has been totally destroyed. Me and my wife huddled in a corner and after hours they rescued us,” said one elderly man in central Santiago.

    There were blackouts in parts of Santiago. Emergency officials said buildings in the historic quarters of two southern cities, mainly made of adobe, had been badly damaged and local radio said three hospitals had partially collapsed.

    The magnitude 9.5 earthquake of 1960, the largest earthquake worldwide in the last 200 years, spawned a tsunami that engulfed the Pacific Ocean. About 1,600 lives were lost in Chile and the tsunami took another 200 lives in Japan, Hawaii andthe Philippines

    In 1960, Chile was hit by a 9.5-magnitude earthquake, one of the biggest ever recorded. It devastated the city of Valdivia, killed 1,655 people, and sent a tsunami that battered Easter Island 2,300 miles off Chile’s Pacific coast and continued as far as Hawaii, Japan and the Philippines.

    The waves that reached the Philippines took about 24 hours to get there.

    Saturday’s quake shook buildings as far away as Argentina’s Andean provinces of Mendoza and San Juan. A series of strong aftershocks rocked Chile’s coastal region from Valdivia in the south to Valparaiso, about 500 miles to the north.

    The United Nations and the White House said they were closely monitoring the situation in Chile and the potential threat of tsunamis in the Pacific.

    President Barack Obama called Bachelet and said the United States stood ready to help Chile. He also urged Americans to heed warnings about a possible tsunami that could affect the U.S. West Coast and Hawaii.

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was due to visit Chile

    Tuesday on a Latin American tour.

    (Additional reporting by Helen Popper, Kevin Gray and Guido Nejamkis in Buenos Aires, editing by Anthony Boadle)

    For more information call the Foreign Affairs Hotline at 613 943-1055 or toll free at 1-800-387-3124.

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    fox news just reporting over 200 dead. Tsunami is just starting to hit hawaii area.

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    Tsunami fails to show up for sightseers in Victoria

    Quake in Chile was predicted to create a ripple

    By Louise Dickson, Times Colonist February 28, 2010

    Times Colonist: "Did anything happen?"

    Gene Sergent, a 14-year-old Oak Bay High student, stared out at the small waves breaking onto Willows Beach yesterday, wondering if he'd missed the tsunami generated by an earthquake in Chile.

    Camera in hand, Sergent had arrived at the beach at 3:20 p.m. after a friend asked him to come down to look for a tsunami.

    He wasn't alone. Gerd Buerger, Annette Geldsetzer and Lola Buerger, 10, sat on a bench gazing out at, well, nothing. "It's so disappointing," said Geldsetzer.

    "We came to see the tsunami," laughed Gerd, who carried a small pocket camera. "So far we haven't noticed anything. They said it would be here at 3:15 so I was very impressed with the exactness of the arrival time. But we were all pretty sure that nothing serious would be happening here."

    The Provincial Emergency Program issued the tsunami advisory warning for coastal B.C. yesterday morning after an

    8.8-magnitude earthquake off the coast of Chile.

    No significant wave action was expected, but the warning indicated a possibility of strong currents.

    Emergency officials in Tofino were warned they could expect a 40-centimetre increase in wave height from normal sea level. For the Victoria area, it was two centimetres.

    Both the Saanich Emergency Program and the Victoria Emergency Management Agency issued alerts warning people to move off beaches, out of marinas and water until they were confirmed safe. Steve Bachop, PEP's director of management services and programs, called the advisory a precautionary measure, saying PEP was able to notify local authorities quickly.

    "It's certainly a good timely reminder to people who live in coastal B.C. that we live in an active earthquake zone and we do have potential for tsunamis. It's a good reminder to be prepared on a personal level and on a local level," said Bachop.

    In Tofino, the advisory was taken seriously, said Krissy Montgomery, owner of Surf Sisters Surf School.

    "We've had advisories in the past, but this is the most serious one we've had so far," said Montgomery, adding the school cancelled lessons yesterday, as did other surf schools, while surfing rentals ceased. "We have quite a bit of swell right now and it's pretty high tide. It's not a good idea to be down there in the next few hours."

    Montgomery said the district did a good job of informing people via e-mail and phone, while members of the volunteer fire department stopped by in person.

    It was a different story in Port Renfrew, where general store employee Amanda Hamilton learned of the advisory from the person running the cookshack outside the store.

    "Half the town didn't know much about it. Word of mouth is slowly going around," said Hamilton, who also got her updates from Sirius satellite radio and the Weather Network.

    "No one from the fire department has dropped by. So if it actually hits, what do we do?"

    Some people who dropped by the store were worried about people living on the reserve and houses at beach level. "But I haven't heard any panic. No one has left town," she said.

    A couple of surfers dropped by the store who thought the tsunami was pretty exciting.

    "They're going to try and go out and ride the waves. It was a little bizarre. They were asking me if it was safe. I said, 'There's a tsunami warning. I wouldn't be going out.' "

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    Some photos of my fire dept. task force working in concepción
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    Our prayers are with you, Monyo.


    Be safe, Brother Monyo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Acklan View Post
    Our prayers are with you, Monyo.


    Be safe, Brother Monyo.
    I echo that call to safety and best wishes, Monyo. I have had the pleasure of the company of several of your countrymen and hospitality at the Chilean Embassy in Washington, DC.

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