Monday, June 13, 2005
7.9 earthquake shakes northern chile - USGS - Yahoo! News
Strong earthquake shakes northern chile - USGS - Yahoo! News
My first reaction is that I hope to hell the Pacific tsunami warning system is on this.
Edited to add: Here is the Tsunami Warning Center's release:
TSUNAMI BULLETIN NUMBER 001
PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER/NOAA/NWS
ISSUED AT 2259Z 13 JUN 2005
THIS BULLETIN IS FOR ALL AREAS OF THE PACIFIC BASIN EXCEPT
ALASKA - BRITISH COLUMBIA - WASHINGTON - OREGON - CALIFORNIA.
... TSUNAMI INFORMATION BULLETIN ...
THIS MESSAGE IS FOR INFORMATION ONLY. THERE IS NO TSUNAMI WARNING
OR WATCH IN EFFECT.
AN EARTHQUAKE HAS OCCURRED WITH THESE PRELIMINARY PARAMETERS
ORIGIN TIME - 2245Z 13 JUN 2005
COORDINATES - 20.1 SOUTH 69.1 WEST
DEPTH - 104 KM
LOCATION - NORTHERN CHILE
MAGNITUDE - 7.8
A DESTRUCTIVE TSUNAMI WAS NOT GENERATED BASED ON EARTHQUAKE AND
HISTORICAL TSUNAMI DATA.
THIS WILL BE THE ONLY BULLETIN ISSUED FOR THIS EVENT UNLESS
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION BECOMES AVAILABLE.
THE WEST COAST/ALASKA TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER WILL ISSUE BULLETINS
FOR ALASKA - BRITISH COLUMBIA - WASHINGTON - OREGON - CALIFORNIA.
Hopefully, this is accurate. I believe it was earthquakes in Chile that devastated Hilo, Hawaii twice in the past 60 years.
Now, I'm just hoping that the earthquake was remote, and that loss of life was minimal. 7.9 is a huge quake.