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ADVISORY: Tsunamis to hit Philippines 1 to 2:30pm TODAY!

February 27, 2010

BREAKING NEWS: Philippines, Other Countries SAFE, Except Russia, Japan!

People in coastal areas should prepare themselves for approaching waves of tsunami that will hit the country at 1:00 to 2:30 in

Tsunami-Travel-Time of the earthquake of Valdivia, Chile, May 22, 1960.

Tsunami-Travel-Time of the earthquake of Valdivia, Chile, May 22, 1960.

the afternoon today (Sunday). The bearer of this bad news is none other than the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), which reported the estimate arrival time of “the first tsunami waves” triggered by a massive earthquake that hit Chile on Saturday.

An ABS-CBN report says that alert level 1 was still up over the eastern coastal communities since the Phivolcs has not yet established how high the tsunamis will be.

“The estimated arrival time of the first tsunami waves is between 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM (Philippine Time) on 28 February 2010 (Sunday afternoon),” the Phivolcs said in its 11:30 pm bulletin posted on Saturday.

Here’s part of the ABS-CBN report:

Dr. Renato Solidum, director of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), told radio dzMM early Sunday that alert level 1 was still up over the eastern coast of the

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He said Phivolcs is not yet recommending an evacuation of eastern coastal communities since they have not yet established how high the tsunamis will be.

As of posting time, he said the tsunamis that have hit some parts of Chile were only 1 to 2 meters high.

“While Tsunami Alert Level 1 means that no evacuation order is in effect, communities along the identified coasts are advised to prepare for possible evacuation. People from threatened communities are strongly advised to coordinate and follow safety instructions from the Office of Civil Defense and local disaster officials,” Phivolcs said.

Solidum said a powerful earthquake that hit Chile in 1960 generated tsunamis in the Philippines 24 hours after the quake.

The tsunamis were 3 meters high in Luzon, and around 6 meters in Visayas and Mindanao. Solidum described these as not so high.

He said this may happen again with the magnitude 8.8 quake that hit Chile on Saturday.

Aurora Gov. Bellaflor Angara Castillo told dzMM early Sunday that the mayors of the province have been informed about the tsunami warning and that their contingency plans are already activate.

Evacuation centers and transportation are being prepared, she said. Hopefully, “our preparations will be sufficient,” she added

Precautionary alert

“Bilang pag-iingat, nagpalabas ang Phivolcs-DOST ng Tsunami Alert Level No. 1 kaninang 3:10 p.m. na ang ibig sabihin kailangang maghanda ang ating mga kababayan,” Solidum told dzMM Saturday afternoon.

(“As a precaution, Phivolcs-DOST issued a Tsunami Alert Level No. 1 this 3:10 p.m. to advise the public to be ready.”)

The Phivolcs director said the issuance of an alert is just part of their standard operating procedure every time there is a tsunami.

“Ito po ay standard operating procedure natin na kung magkaroon ng malaking earthquake na may abilidad na magdulot ng tsunami dito sa atin, ay nagtataas tayo ng Alert Level 1 para abiso sa ating mga kababayan. Nage-evacuate po tayo pag itinaas natin sa Alert Level No. 3 na tsunami alert,” he said.

(“This is a standard operating procedure that when there’s a big earthquake that could bring tsunami to us, we issue Alert Level 1 to advise the public. We only order evacuation when we raise Alert Level No. 3).

According to the Phivolcs advisory, the following “coastal areas fronting the Pacific Ocean that should keep watch” are:

Batanes Group of Islands
Ilocos Norte


Camarines Norte
Camarines Sur

Northern Samar
Eastern Samnar
Southern Leyte

Surigao del Norte
Surigao del Sur
Davao Oriental
Davao del Sur

Here’s a Reuters report on the 8.8-magnitude quake that hit Chile:

CONCEPCION, Chile (Reuters) – One of the most powerful earthquakes in decades battered Chile on Saturday, killing at least 214 people, knocking down buildings and triggering a tsunami that rolled menacingly across the Pacific.

Buildings caught fire, major highway bridges collapsed and debris blocked 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. (1:34 a.m. EST), sending many people rushing from their beds and onto the streets in fear.

“It came in waves and lasted so long. Three minutes is an eternity. We kept worrying that it was getting stronger, like a terrifying Hollywood movie,” said housewife Dolores Cuevas.

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.


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 January 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.

The long quake sent Santiago residents streaming onto the streets 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 and the Philippines

According to Extreme Science, the greatest earthquake in history shook Chile in 1960.

The honor of greatest earthquake of all time goes to the 1960 Chile earthquake because scientists were able to ‘catch this one on tape’. In other words, there have been a lot of really big earthquakes throughout human history (and even greater ones before we came on the scene), but this one they were able to measure, record and verify its ground motion strength. The instruments that seismologists use to measure earthquake magnitudes are designed to detect the amount of energy released by the movement of the ground during a quake. In the case of the Chile earthquake, the amount of energy released during the quake, not the number of human deaths and damage to structures, earned it the title of greatest. This earthquake was the largest ever instrumentally recorded. It measured a 9.5 on the Moment Magnitude (Mw) scale, but registered only an 8.5 on the Ms scale.

32 Comments leave one →
  1. February 28, 2010 3:38

    kasama ba ang tabaco city!!!

  2. February 28, 2010 3:38

    mag pray nlng poh tau…

    help me god…

  3. February 28, 2010 3:38

    mag pray nlng p0h tayo…

    so help me god…

  4. jozella permalink
    February 28, 2010 3:38

    this site helps many people to be aware of the tsunami and earthquake… this is of big help so they would know what to do…

  5. mai permalink
    February 28, 2010 3:38

    it’s CHILE not CHILI…

    • chili con carne permalink
      February 28, 2010 3:38

      They both sound edible, so what’s the diff?

  6. JEN permalink
    February 28, 2010 3:38

    Help us god!
    Lets Pray.

    • chili con carne permalink
      February 28, 2010 3:38

      Yes, let’s pray, right here and right now, in Mr. Atheist’s. blog.

  7. February 28, 2010 3:38

    Lets pray na sana walang mang-yari na masama. GOD bless Philippines

  8. February 28, 2010 3:38

    please tawon unta inig abot sa tsunami sa ato hinai na ang pwersa huhuhuh

  9. izkinard permalink
    February 28, 2010 3:38

    So help us GOD…..

  10. February 28, 2010 3:38

    yeah! lets pray for us SANA walang mangyari sa ating lahat..
    to all over the world..:)

  11. February 28, 2010 3:38

    yeah!! lets pray for us na sana walang mangyari all over the world..

  12. February 28, 2010 3:38

    Dah only thing to do izs- prepare,nd pray!!
    prayerzs go to dah people of CHILE!!!!
    i really felt bad !!!haizzttt

  13. roms permalink
    February 28, 2010 3:38

    maganda kung mangagaling ito sa mga nanunungkulan na siyang nakatalaga sa mga ganitong uri ng kalamidad… na siyang eksperto at higit na nakakaunawa sa mga kailangan gawin at mga paghahandang dapat simulan… maari totoo ang ganitong mga kumakalat na balita at maari din naman hindi… bagamat mag ingat tayo at suriing maiigi bago ito magdulot ng pagkalito at hindi pagkakaunawaan sa mga nakakabasa… upang ng sa ganun ay hindi humantong sa mas malaking pinsala na siya namang ayaw nating lahat… sa mga ganitong pagkakataon isa lang ang malinaw lahat ng bagay ay nakasalalay pa din sa diyos na maykapal himingi tayo ng gabay kung ano ang totoo at tama upang magkaroon tayo ng matibay na desisyon at makatulong sa anumang sakunang maaring dumating sa mga hinaharap.

  14. jozella permalink
    February 28, 2010 3:38

    nga ee… kawa naman mga tao… sa bagay, this might be the price to pay for all the pollutions people contributed all over the world… pero, napaka harsh naman ng paniningil… kawawa naman ung mga bata…

  15. rogue permalink
    February 28, 2010 3:38

    i just wish the authorities would start evacuating people in coastal areas especially that they claimed they have no idea yet as to how hight the waves will be. better safe than sorry.

    • rogue permalink
      February 28, 2010 3:38

      *hight = high

  16. puerto princesa permalink
    February 28, 2010 3:38

    kasama ba ang palawan?

  17. Mariju Guinoo permalink
    February 28, 2010 3:38

    Sana hindi matuloy nandito kasi kami sa Southern Leyte….

  18. Nandy permalink
    February 28, 2010 3:38

    Please pray for us, thanks

  19. me131988 permalink
    February 28, 2010 3:38

    thank GOD at hindi natuloy….

    • chili con carne permalink
      February 28, 2010 3:38

      Thank god those Chilenos died instead, right? If the earthquake weren’t God’s work, then I don’t know whose it is.

    • mark guibone permalink
      February 28, 2010 3:38

      pwo d2 poh sa stA.cruz davao del sur n2loy po ung kinatatakutan na balita 16 peoples are die in stunami…

  20. mark guibone permalink
    February 28, 2010 3:38

    stunami hits on sta.cruz davao del sur 16 peoples are die…

  21. MARICAR permalink
    February 28, 2010 3:38

    What about Australia ? I live in Portland it is a coastal town in Victoria. Are we in anyway affected by the Tsunami warning?

  22. February 28, 2010 3:38

    Dear Brothers and Sisters,

    Let us all pray for our protection, I believe one or two gathered together in prayer in one intention Our Lord is in our midst and our prayer will be answered. God is in control. To all who has experienced the lost of their love ones. I pray for their strength, comfort and immediate recovery.

    God Bless you and your family!

    • March 11, 2011 3:38

      sana d ulit ma2loy ang tsunami d2 sa cagayan,.,,.

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