Pacific tsunami after Chilean earthquake

This video is about Robinson Crusoe Island, Chile, in the Pacific Ocean.

From CTV Ottawa in Canada:

Quake triggers tsunami warning; advisory for B.C.

Updated: Sat Feb. 27 2010 11:25:58 News Staff

Tsunami warnings are in effect for much of the Pacific Rim after an 8.8-magnitude earthquake struck central Chile early Saturday morning. The quake also triggered a tsunami advisory for all of coastal British Columbia.

The advisory, issued by the West Coast Alaska Tsunami Warning Center, said there is the possibility of strong localized currents. While massive waves are not expected, low-lying areas and beaches are at risk.

Meanwhile, the tsunami warning issued by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center includes parts of Central and South America, New Zealand, Russia, Japan, the Philippines, Hawaii and a number of Pacific islands.

“Sea level readings confirm that a tsunami has been generated which could cause widespread damage,” reads a bulletin issued by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. “Authorities should take appropriate action in response to this threat.”

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet said Saturday that a huge wave has already hit the Robinson Crusoe Islands, which are about 660 kilometres off the Chilean coast. There is no word yet on casualties or damage, she said.

The Center issued specific warnings for the entire state of Hawaii, saying the first wave of a tsunami could hit at 11:19 a.m. local time. …

Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa told the Ecuavisa television channel that a tsunami has already passed the Galapagos Islands. It caused a swell, but no damage, he said.

Elsewhere in the Pacific Rim, disaster management officials said they’ve been warned to expect waves as high as 2.3 metres to strike the archipelago’s northern and eastern islands and the nearby Tonga islands.

Charles McCreery, director of the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, said the lead time before the tsunami is expected to hit grants officials throughout the region time to prepare. …

Should Saturday’s earthquake trigger a tsunami, it would not be the first time for a tremor in Chile.

After a 9.5-magnitude quake struck the country in 1960, a tsunami killed 140 people in Japan, 61 in Hawaii and 32 in the Philippines. According to Japan’s Meteorological Agency, that tsunami measured between one and four metres in height.

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