Saturday, February 27, 2010

Earthquake in Chile Triggers Pacific-wide Tsunami Warnings

Update, Feb. 28, 2010: Hawaii was not destroyed after all. See "Hawaii Tsunami Video Shows Massive Tidals Waves" February 27, 2010 - A massive 8.8 magnitude earthquake struck Chile overnight. It caused damage there and now tsunami warnings cover the entire Pacific Rim. WATCH Live Tsunami Coverage from Hawaii This map shows estimated tsunami arrival times (click to enlarge). Projected energy model map by NOAA. Related story at Nations and communities around the entire Pacific - about one fourth of the planet - are evacuating coastal areas and issued warnings and watches for tsunamis (tidal waves). French Polynesia and New Zealand have been hit by waves and suffered some damage. Watch live stream news coverage from Hawaii, where about 100,000 people have been evacuated away from beaches. The LA Times reports that "A forecast says waves could reach as high as 8 feet in some bays. Waikiki Beach is almost deserted, and the Navy acts to protect ships at Pearl Harbor." reports that "scientists say the major earthquake that struck off the coast of Chile was a 'megathrust' - similar to the 2004 Indian Ocean temblor that spawned a catastrophic tsunami." The Contra Costa Times says the quake "shook buildings in Argentina's capital of Buenos Aires, and was felt as far away as Sao Paulo in Brazil — 1,800 miles (2,900 kilometers) to the east. About 13 million people live in the area where shaking was strong to severe, according to the U.S. Geological Survey." RELATED: Huge quake triggers Pacific tsunami Chile Quake Is One of the Biggest in a Century Obama says US prepared to assist Chile if asked UK relief charity teams fly to Chile earthquake zone Leave a Comment * Conservative T-Shirts * Follow CNB on Twitter * RSS Feed