Chile earthquake: Five dead and tsunami alert issued after 8.2 quake

Hawaii

Per PTWC, no major tsunami coming. There will be sea level changes + strong currents, so swimmers + boaters need to be aware – @rqskye 0517 UTC (Digital volunteer for disaster relief)

 

 

8.2 quake hits Northern Chile triggering widespread tsunami warning

“Armed Forces are maintaining order on the streets of Iquique amid fires and prison escapes following tsunami evacuation order for South America’s Pacific coast.

A massive earthquake struck off the coast of Northern Chile on Tuesday evening prompting tsunami warnings across the Pacific coast, with evacuation ordered for the entire zone until the early hours of Wednesday morning.

The 8.2 magnitude earthquake struck around 55 miles southeast of Cuya, at 8:46 p.m. local time. So far at least 20 aftershocks have been registered in the area with the largest measuring around 5 on the Richter scale.

That warning was lifted for areas south of Puerto Chacabuco, in Aysén Region, past midnight Tuesday. By 3 a.m. Wednesday morning, it was also removed between the cities of Antofagasta and Valparaíso, including  the islands of San Félix and Juan Fernández archepelago. At time of press it did not include Rapa Nui, or Easter Island.

The Interior Ministry has confirmed five deaths in Iquique and surrounding areas and at least three people seriously injured so far. Minister Rodrigo Peñailillo also stated that fires in Iquique and Arica had been brought under control.

The National Emergency Service (Onemi) said that more than 900,000 people evacuated to safety zones across the nation.” – Santiago Times

http://santiagotimes.cl/8-2-quake-hits-northern-chile-triggering-regional-pacific-wide-tsunami-warning/

Chile Tsunami Update, No Wave expected in the Western Pacific – WestPacWx

A powerful earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 8.2 has struck off the coast of Chile, triggering a tsunami that has already started hitting the coastline.

Already a 2 meter high wave was reported along the Chili coast. At this time tsunami warnings remain in effect for much of the western sea boards of South American and Mexico.

No warnings have been issued for areas in the western pacific. But if the wave generated is strong enough the image below will show where it would hit followed by an image of when it would hit based on tsunami forecast models.

I do want to note though. NO TSUNAMI is expected at this time in the western pacific. NONE! But if it changes we will update you.

Best thing to do stay tuned to updates from your official agency and monitor if any changes habe been put in place.

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In response to the 8.2 magnitude earthquake the Chilean Red Cross has activated its National Emergency Operations Center & their Disaster Unit in Panama is on alert.

They have received reports of highly successful preventative evacuations along the coast. Since the devastating 2010 earthquake (pictured) the Chilean Red Cross has gone through extensive training making them stronger and more prepared to respond to disaster.” – British Red Cross 1028z 02 Apr 2014

Photo – Carola Solís/Chilean Red Cross 2010

In response to the 8.2 magnitude earthquake the Chilean Red Cross has activated its National Emergency Operations Center & their Disaster Unit in Panama is on alert.

They have received reports of highly successful preventative evacuations along the coast. Since the devastating 2010 earthquake (pictured) the Chilean Red Cross has gone through extensive training making them stronger and more prepared to respond to disaster.

Photo - Carola Solís/Chilean Red Cross 2010

Metro

Chile earthquake: Hawaii tsunami alert issued after quake hits Iquique People embrace on the upper floor of an apartment building after an earthquake in Iquique, Chile (Picture: AP/Cristian Viveros)

A tsunami alert has been issued after a strong earthquake struck off the coast of Chile, leading to at least five deaths.

The 8.2-magnitude quake hit about 100km (62 miles) north-west of the mining port of Iquique at 20:46 local time yesterday, the US Geological Survey said, causing landslides that blocked roads.

Officials said the dead included people who were crushed by collapsing walls or were killed by heart attacks after the quake generated a large tsunami.

epa04150309 A handout image released by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) 01 April 2014 shows a shakemap with the location of a powerful magnitude 8.0 earthquake off the coast of Chile some 100 km from the city of Iquique. A tsunami alert for the Pacific coast has been issued after the quake struck at a relatively shallow depth of 10 km.  EPA/USGS  HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY A shakemap shows where the earthquake struck (Picture: EPA / USGS)

The tsunami alert has been issued for Hawaii where the initial wave from the earthquake is expected to reach Hawaii at 03:24 local time on Wednesday.

‘An earthquake of this size has the potential to generate a destructive tsunami that can strike coastlines…

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