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

February 28, 2010
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TSUNAMI BULLETIN NUMBER 018
PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER/NOAA/NWS
ISSUED AT 0012Z 28 FEB 2010

… THE TSUNAMI WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR RUSSIA / JAPAN …

THE TSUNAMI WARNING IS NOW CANCELLED 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. / JOHNSTON IS. / MARSHALL IS. / MIDWAY IS. / WAKE IS. / TUVALU / VANUATU / HOWLAND-BAKER /
NEW CALEDONIA / SOLOMON IS. / NAURU / KOSRAE / PAPUA NEW
GUINEA / POHNPEI / CHUUK / MARCUS IS. / INDONESIA /
N. MARIANAS / GUAM / YAP / BELAU / PHILIPPINES / CHINESE
TAIPEI

A TSUNAMI WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR

RUSSIA / JAPAN

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

A breaking news from CNN:

Honolulu, Hawaii (CNN) — Tsunami warnings were canceled Saturday for all areas except Russia and Japan, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.

In the state of Hawaii, the cancellation occurred nearly two hours after the first waves came ashore. An official with the warning center said the island chain had “dodged a bullet” after smaller-than-expected waves were reported as a result of a massive earthquake that struck Chile early Saturday.

But the center said some coastal areas may see small sea-level changes or unusual currents for the next few hours.

The cancellation “does not mean it is now safe to resume normal activities or re-enter evacuated shoreline areas,” it said, noting that county civil defense agencies and local police departments would make those determinations.

Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle said no damage was reported “in any county, which is quite remarkable.”

“It’s just a wonderful day that nothing happened and no one was hurt or injured,” Lingle said.

The first waves of the tsunami were recorded on the Big Island around noon (5 p.m. ET), 16 hours after the 8.8-magnitude quake. Gauges showed water levels rising 3 feet in Hilo and remaining at that level.

“It’s almost the best sort of tsunami you can possibly have, one that’s big enough that everyone sees that something happened, but not big enough to cause any damage,” said Gerald Fryer, a geophysicist with the warning center.

Lingle said the only airport that was shut, the Hilo airport, was to reopen shortly.

“If people have a confirmed reservation they can go to the airport now and they will be able to catch their flights,” the governor said.

The arrival of the tsunami waves was preceded by receding water that exposed reefs and churned up silt.

Earlier, Hawaiian residents scrambled to stock up on water, gas and food as sirens pierced the early morning quiet across the islands ahead of the tsunami.

Roads to beaches and other low-lying areas were closed and seaside hotels were moving guests to higher ground.

At Honolulu’s Hilton Waikoloa Hotel, guests with cars headed inland and buses moved hundreds of others to a nearby evacuation center.

At supermarkets, residents stocked up on essentials like water and toilet paper in anticipation of the high waters. One sign at a local store limited families to two cases of Spam.

Beaches that would normally be crowded with sunbathers at midday on a Saturday were deserted. Commercial and recreational vessels seeking safe waters lined up a mile off the coast.

County sirens were sounding hourly “to alert residents and visitors to evacuate coastal areas,” Hawaii’s Civil Defense Division said in a statement.

Tsunami waves came ashore along the Chilean coast shortly after the earthquake, U.S. Geological Survey geophysicist Victor Sardina told CNN.

He said the largest was 9 feet near the quake’s epicenter. Another wave, 7.7 feet, hit the Chilean town of Talcahuano, according to Eric Lau of the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

Video from the town showed one car sitting in a large expanse of water and boats littering the docks.

A large wave on the island of Juan Fernandez — 400 miles (643 km) off Chile’s coast — killed three people, Provincial Governor Ivan De La Maza said. Ten people were missing.

Navigational buoys in Ventura County, California, sustained minor damage as a result of a 2-foot surge and waves, according to the Alaska Tsunami Warning Center. The Ventura County Fire Department had one report of damage to a resident’s dock from the surge.

President Obama earlier had urged people in Hawaii, Guam and American Samoa to prepare for the tsunami.

“We can’t control nature, but we can and must be prepared for disaster when it strikes,” he said in a brief statement at the White House.

In 1960, a tsunami triggered by an earthquake on South America’s west coast destroyed much of downtown Hilo and killed 61 people, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. That earthquake had a magnitude between 8.25 and 8.5, the USGS said, and the waves in Hilo Bay reached 35 feet, but only 3 to 17 elsewhere.

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. March 3, 2010 3:38

    Great info!

  2. March 7, 2010 3:38

    I wrote a couple articles about the same subject but you seem to know a bit more about it than I do.

  3. March 7, 2010 3:38

    I don�t usually reply to posts but I will in this case. 🙂

  4. March 8, 2010 3:38

    Is this the full article? I think somethings missing…

  5. March 14, 2010 3:38

    I hate rainy days! urgh I’ve been on your blog hours now I need something better to do! ( not that there anything wrong with your blog 🙂 )

  6. March 20, 2010 3:38

    Bookmarked for future reference 🙂

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