Earthquake off the Chile Coast – 6 DeadApril 1st, 2014 at 8:45 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, News, Weather
Quake Video here – “Heavy Shaking”. A magnitude 8.2 earthquake has hit 62 miles NW of Iquique, Chile, at 7:46 pm EDT Tuesday evening. The quake prompted a Tsunami Watch and Warning, which has now been cancelled. Here’s more.
Forecast tsunami height map. Approximate tsunami arrival times are here. Map of tsunami moving across the Pacific Ocean. Tsunami sirens sounded on the Chilean Coast. Lowland areas being evacuated. There were reports of a 7-foot tsunami on the Chilean Coast. Chile ONEMI Emerg, Ofc says reports of landslides partially blocking roads. Live coverage in Spanish. One of top 5 strongest quakes since 2000. Aftershocks occurring, strongest was magnitude 6.2. Four aftershocks over magnitude 5.0 in the first few hours after the main quake. The 8.2 earthquake would be 22,387 times more powerful than the recent earthquake in Los Angeles Co. The quake depth was 6.2 miles. Church steeple toppled in Huara. Sea-level gauge shoots up as tsunami comes in. More video. There are several earthquake related fires. All flights to and from Iquique, Chile, have been cancelled. The airport control tower has been damaged. Mayor of Juan Fernandez island, Chile reports that the island was completely evacuated. E-quake felt in Peru and Bolivia. Tsunami wave height of 7.6 feet at Pisagua, Chile. Iquique is reported to have a 90-100% power outage in the entire city. Two large fires in Iquique. The highest tsunami waves yet recorded were 2.5 meter waves in the port city of Iquique. For context, the tsunami that struck Japan in March 2011 included waves of around 10 meters, reaching to up to 40 metres. The Boxing Day tsunami, the deadliest on record, included initial waves of up to 33 meters.