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BBC News - Tsunami alert after 8.2 quake strikes off Chile http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-26846984

1 April 2014 Last updated at 21:45 ET
Tsunami alert after 8.2 quake strikes off Chile
An earthquake of 8.2 magnitude has struck off northern Chile, triggering a tsunami alert for Latin America's Pacific coastline, the US Geological Survey says.
It said the quake was very shallow, only 10km below the seabed, striking 86km (56 miles) north-west of the mining area of Iquique.
There are reports of 2m (6ft) waves striking some of the Chilean coastline.
Chilean authorities have ordered the speedy evacuation of coastal areas.
There are some reports of landslides hitting highways and Chilean TV has broadcast pictures of traffic jams as people evacuate coastal areas.
The Chilean interior ministry told the BBC that one of the main roads outside Iquique was cut off because of hillside debris on the road.
The ministry says that partial landslides have also taken place between the towns of Putre and General Lagos.
'A big one'
A warning from the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (TWC) said that the coasts of Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica and Nicaragua were all at risk of a tsunami.
"Everyone along our coast should be alert and ready," Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa said on Twitter.
The Chilean navy said some high waves had hit the coast within 45 minutes of the quake.
"We have asked citizens to evacuate the entire coast... there is no serious damage to houses... there have been no people hurt," said Chilean home office minister Mahmud Aleuy.
"An earthquake of this size has the potential to generate a destructive tsunami that can strike coastlines near the epicentre within minutes and more distant coastlines within hours," a TWC statement said.
A British expatriate near the northern Chilean city of Antofagasta told the BBC that there had been several tremors since the last quarter of last year.
"But this earthquake, even with the increased distance, seemed to last a lot longer," Patrick Moore said.
"I was just sitting on my bed and normally these tremors using last at the very longest about 40 seconds - this one felt like it lasted about two minutes.
"I knew it was bad so I immediately went online to see what had happened and saw a tsunami warning that's been put in place which confirmed my fears that it was a big one."
Kurt Hertrampf, a hostel owner in Arica, told the BBC there was a big blackout in the town after the quake and he was surprised the telephone line was still working.
Chile is one of the most seismically active countries in the world.
Central and southern areas of the country were hit by a powerful earthquake of 8.8 magnitude quake followed by a tsunami that devastated scores of towns in February 2010.
In 1960 an area of Chile south of Concepcion was hit by a 9.5 magnitude which caused about 1,655 deaths and a tsunami in Hawaii and Japan.
The 9.0 magnitude quake that struck Japan on 11 March 2011 caused a devastating tsunami and left more than 15,000 people dead, with more than 3,200 missing.

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At 8.2 thats a rough one. Just some rough currents and higher sweels then normal. I dont know if I was there would it be better to stay in the marina or go for a cruise when something like this happends?



TSUNAMI MESSAGE NUMBER 7
NWS PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER EWA BEACH HI
648 PM HST TUE APR 01 2014


EVALUATION

BASED ON ALL AVAILABLE DATA A MAJOR TSUNAMI IS NOT EXPECTED TO
STRIKE THE STATE OF HAWAII. HOWEVER...SEA LEVEL CHANGES AND
STRONG CURRENTS MAY OCCUR ALONG ALL COASTS THAT COULD BE A HAZARD
TO SWIMMERS AND BOATERS AS WELL AS TO PERSONS NEAR THE SHORE AT
BEACHES AND IN HARBORS AND MARINAS. THE THREAT MAY CONTINUE FOR
SEVERAL HOURS AFTER THE INITIAL WAVE ARRIVAL.

THE ESTIMATED TIME OF ARRIVAL OF THE INITIAL WAVE IS

0324 AM HST WED 02 APR 2014


http://ptwc.weather.gov/text.php?id=hawaii.TSUHWX.2014.04.02.0346

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You want to be in deep water when a tsunami hits. We were in the Galapagos when the big earthquake hit Japan a few years ago. We had many hours notice. At first the port captain forbid anyone from leaving the harbour (it faced directly toward Japan). Within a couple of hours he was on the radio saying that everyone had to leave the harbour. We sat out a few miles from the shore and drifted around for a few hours (no wind/no swell) and did not see or feel anything.

Later that year we were in Vanuatu when a 7.5 hit nearby in the middle of the night. In the morning we went ashore and people asked how the quake was onboard. Did not feel a thing. People in Port Vila where we were spent most of the night sleeping outside because they were afraid of aftershocks (Vanuatu gets a huge number of quakes so these folks knew what was what about earthquakes). Anyway being on a boat seems pretty safe during a quake, being in deep water for a tsunami.
 
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That is good to know. Like to hear real accounts who have been around situations like this.

Now how about returning to shore? Any worries about tides or currents even anything that may of gotten washed a shore?
 

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We got back into the harbour about two hours after the tsunami hit. The water went about a block and half into the town but people had had enough notice to get things off the floor so I don't think there was a significant amount of damage. A number (no one would say how many) of sea lions were killed. Perhaps 150 sea lions spend the night on a beach in town that has a sea wall and walkway above it. The wave(s?) hit while it was still light when there would have been only a few of them on the beach but apparently they were driven into the vertical concrete sea wall which is a shame. A few hours later and it would have been much worse.

After we anchored we noticed that boats were swinging around in all directions. I guess the water was still swirling around and finding its proper level. We noticed one place where two boats came close together because they were facing in opposite directions.
 

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Nice to have a report of someone in the area. Glad you are both ok.

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