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Saturday, February 27, 2010
The USGS reports an 8.8 magnitude earthquake struck offshore Chile at The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has reported that some waves have been recorded along coast of South America. Hawaii is under a tsunami advisory and they are analyzing the data regarding any threat to Hawaii. If a tsunami was generated it would take approximately 14 hours to reach the Hawaii which would be 10:30 a.m. HST.
We will update this website with additional information as it is released.
MEDIA RELEASE (from West Coast Alaska Tsunami Warning Center)
To: U.S. West Coast, Alaska, and British Columbia coastal regions
From: NOAA/NWS/West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center
Subject: Tsunami Information Statement #1 issued 02/26/2010 at 10:49PM PST
A strong earthquake has occurred, but a tsunami IS NOT expected along the California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, or Alaska coast. NO tsunami warning, watch or advisory is in effect for these areas.
A tsunami may have been generated that could potentially impact the U.S. west coast, British Columbia, and Alaska. The West Coast/Alaska Tsunami Warning Center is investigating the event to determine the level of danger. More information will be issued as it becomes available.
At 10:34 PM Pacific Standard Time on February 26, an earthquake with preliminary magnitude 8.5 occurred near the coast of central Chile . (Refer to the United States Geological Survey for official earthquake parameters.)
USGS PRELIMINARY EARTHQUAKE REPORT
Region: OFFSHORE MAULE, CHILE Geographic coordinates: 35.826S, 72.668W Magnitude: 8.3 Mw Depth: 59 km Universal Time (UTC): 27 Feb 2010 06:34:17 Time near the Epicenter: 27 Feb 2010 03:34:17 Local standard time in your area: 26 Feb 2010 20:34:17 Location with respect to nearby cities: 99 km (61 miles) WSW (246 degrees) of Talca, Chile 117 km (73 miles) NNE (17 degrees) of Concepcion, Chile 317 km (197 miles) SW (215 degrees) of SANTIAGO, Chile
Tsunami travel times: National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration