8.8 Mag Earthquake Near Coast of Central Chile

prh.noaa.gov/ptwc/?region=2&id=hawaii.2010.02.27.084523

47 deaths reported
Airport closed
Bridge and roadway collapses

Very early very preliminary

Tsunami warning for much of Pacific to Japan

update on larger aftershocks... (first 8.8 quake hit at 3:34am Chile time = 1:34am eastern time)
MAP 5.6 2010/02/27 09:00:17 -33.425 -71.625 35.0 VALPARAISO, CHILE
MAP 5.3 2010/02/27 08:53:56 -34.447 -73.397 35.0 OFF COAST OF LIBERTADOR O’HIGGINS, CHILE
MAP 5.6 2010/02/27 08:48:05 -38.584 -75.257 35.0 OFF THE COAST OF ARAUCANIA, CHILE
MAP 6.1 2010/02/27 08:25:29 -34.750 -72.394 35.0 OFFSHORE MAULE, CHILE
MAP 5.5 2010/02/27 08:19:23 -33.479 -71.574 35.0 VALPARAISO, CHILE
MAP 6.9 2010/02/27 08:01:24 -37.654 -75.199 39.0 OFF THE COAST OF BIO-BIO, CHILE
MAP 5.2 2010/02/27 07:56:37 -36.933 -73.240 35.0 OFFSHORE BIO-BIO, CHILE
MAP 5.4 2010/02/27 07:51:05 -36.399 -72.498 35.0 BIO-BIO, CHILE
MAP 6.0 2010/02/27 07:37:18 -36.837 -72.541 35.0 BIO-BIO, CHILE
MAP 5.6 2010/02/27 07:33:31 -38.007 -73.484 35.7 OFFSHORE BIO-BIO, CHILE
MAP 5.4 2010/02/27 07:19:48 -35.811 -72.945 35.0 OFFSHORE MAULE, CHILE
MAP 6.0 2010/02/27 07:12:28 -33.807 -71.913 35.0 OFFSHORE VALPARAISO, CHILE
MAP 6.2 2010/02/27 06:52:35 -34.735 -72.638 35.0 OFFSHORE MAULE, CHILE
MAP 8.8 2010/02/27 06:34:14 -35.846 -72.719 35.0 OFFSHORE MAULE, CHILE
earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Maps/region/S_America_eqs.php

6.9 Mag aftershock!

Death toll to 64 per TV de Chile

local TV

Tsunami timeline
No concern for US west coast

http://www.lemonde.fr/image/2010/02/27/575x385_1477222_0_97cd_ill-1312152-0148-658067.jpg

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

airport interior

death toll to 78
expected to rise much higher

8.8-Magnitude Earthquake Hits Central Chile
nytimes.com/2010/02/28/world/americas/28chile.html The quake downed buildings and houses in Santiago and knocked out a major bridge connecting the northern and southern sections of the country.

It struck at 3:34 a.m. local time and was centered about 200 miles southwest of Santiago, at a depth of 22 miles, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. The epicenter was some 70 miles from Concepcion, Chile’s second-largest city, where more than 200,000 people live.

Phone lines were down in Concepcion as of 7:30 a.m. and no reports were coming out of that area. **The quake in Chile was 1,000 times more powerful than the magnitude 7.0 earthquake that caused widespread damage in Haiti on Jan 12
**

local building damage
possibly Cruce hospital

prh.noaa.gov/ptwc/messages/hawaii/2010/hawaii.2010.02.27.104650.txt

BULLETIN
TSUNAMI MESSAGE NUMBER 6
NWS PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER EWA BEACH HI
1246 AM HST SAT FEB 27 2010

TO - CIVIL DEFENSE IN THE STATE OF HAWAII

SUBJECT - TSUNAMI WARNING

A TSUNAMI WARNING IS ISSUED FOR THE STATE OF HAWAII EFFECTIVE AT
1246 AM HST.

THE ESTIMATED ARRIVAL TIME IN HAWAII OF THE FIRST TSUNAMI WAVE IS

                 1119 AM HST SAT 27 FEB 2010

residential area

Huge earthquake batters Chile, 78 dead
reuters.com/article/idUSTRE61Q0S920100227

The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake struck 56 miles northeast of the city of Concepcion at a depth of 22 miles at 3:34 a.m. (1:34 a.m. ET).

Chilean television and radio stations said several buildings collapsed in the city of Curico and that there was damage to buildings in the historic center of the capital Santiago, about 200 miles north of the epicenter.

The capital's international airport was forced to close, a highway bridge collapsed and chunks of buildings fell into the street. Television pictures showed cars crushed when part of a multi-storey parking garage collapsed.

Cars destroyed after fall of bridge in Santiago by earthquake

http://web6.twitpic.com/img/69916038-f2ccf00a770d32890a45256841a99e79.4b890ee6-scaled.jpg

collapsed building

CNN reporting

older buildings before 1960 don’t seem to have the structural damage that new construction has - pavement/street is “broken” streets actually collapsed

[LIST]
*]Santiago airport closed next 24 hours
*]**Intellencia Cathedral **completely collapsed
*]Santa Domingia Church side of building collapsed
*]Most of historic buildings in historic district have completely collapsed
*]In every block there is something fallen
*]“chemical industry” fire, fire at local university - no police no emergency crews
*]no water/electricity/people in parks
[/LIST]

8.8 mag earthquake on the coast

multi-story building collapse

The first waves were expected to arrive in Hawaii at 11:19 a.m. Saturday (4:19 p.m. EST).

The center said a tsunami has been generated that could cause damage along coastlines of all islands in the Hawaii. It said a tsunami in California and Alaska was possible.

The Ewa Beach, Hawaii-based center called for “urgent action to protect lives and property” in Hawaii, which is among 53 nations and territories subject to tsunami warnings.

“The main thing is we want everyone to take this event seriously,” said Charles McCreery, director of the center.

news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100227/ap_on_re_us/us_quake_tsunami_alerts

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