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8.8-Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Chile.

31st major aftershock, magnitude 5.5, centered in Bio-Bio, Chile - U.S. Geological Survey. 

Death toll not expected to rise significantly from current count of 82 after Chile earthquake, interior minister says. (CNN is now reporting 122.)

No major damage reported from 6.3-magnitude quake near Salta, Argentina, but cell phone service is out - Buenos Aires Herald.

Tsunami threatens Hawaii, California and Alaska after massive quake in Chile.

Pacific islanders told to head for high ground as tsunami bears down. 

Samoa police issues nationwide evacuation alert ahead of predicted tsunami waves.

U.S. military assessing tsunami threat for Hawaii and whether ships, people will need to evacuate.

Tsunami advisory extended to Oregon, Washington, parts of Alaska, coastal British Colombia - West Coast Alaska Tsunami Warning Center. 

I'm following news as it comes in here. The latest is the cheerful announcement that President Obama is on his way to the White House Situation Room.

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The earth appears to be very angry with us.

Eurgh. What a way to end the Olympics, if the waves hit BC.

Edited at 2010-02-27 05:33 pm (UTC)

It's a lower grade alert for us here on the B.C. coast. The west coast of Vancouver Island will probably take the brunt of it as it usually does in these situations. The worst that'll happen, I imagine, is flooding of marinas and beaches, but no damage.


Is 2012 making an early entrance?

I have friends in Japan and were absolutely TERRIFIED of what they experienced. But they're okay, thankfully.

Now they're concerned about a tsunami. YIKES!!

Holy crap. Somebody did SOMETHING that has pissed off a deity.

Crap, I better batten down the hatches.

I was about to say, I was hoping you were up and about and had the news on.

I have a friend who's studying abroad in Chile... no news from her yet :|

Oh god. I hope you get some good news soon.

O.O Holy freaking hell! It's apocalypse now!

D: D: D:

I wonder how long will it take Pat Robertson and others of his type to blame these natural disasters on the "heathens" and their sinful ways.

I suppose the fact that they're predominately Christian won't matter.

Oh, crap. To the Red Cross site!

I know it's shallow, but in lieu of having family in the affected areas, I'm worried (slightly) for the crew of LOST. They're filming right now - but if anyone can get their ass safe, it's going to be an A-list production, so. Shallow.

Meanwhile, I know, holy fuck! It's not very likely that this quake will trip off others in the Pacific but I can absolutely understand the fear everyone in the region has. Keep safe out here.

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Well at least there aren't hundreds of thousands of people dead like in Haiti or the 2004 tsunami. So far. You know things are pretty bad when 122 people dead feels like thank heavens it wasn't worse.

MTE. It sounds terribly cruel but I'm glad the death toll won't probably rise much more than that.

At least this time it hasn't hit a poor country, I hope the tsunami warnings are effective this time.

My concern is that the earthquake in Chile is still going. The USGS site is showing 5.+ aftershocks happening approximately every 20 minutes. If any of them generate tsunamis, we could be on warning for days.

The projected wave height here in Hawaii is dangerous, but not enough to panic. The people in the inundation zones are evacuating now. Pretty much everything for today (work, events) is canceled.

We had quite a few sirens that failed to go off, but the fire trucks are going around with loudspeakers, and people have been calling and making sure friends and family know since the wee hours. (I was actually woken by phone calls from my coworkers 5 minutes before the first sirens went off.)

Yeah, as of a couple of hours ago, they had already had 30+ aftershocks that were pretty impressive on their own. Stay safe out there.

That seems like an awful lot of aftershocks. Scary!

This is what I saw when I turned on my computer this morning:


Now THAT is surreal.

I noticed this morning in NOAA's tsunami time estimates that the waves would start reaching Alaska before they wended their way through to Seattle, though. Go figure.

Okay Mother Earth, you need to calm down a bit. Go take a nap.