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2010-02-27 02:09:12 AM
Ecuador, Chile and Peru under tsunami watches.
 
2010-02-27 02:10:13 AM
Cool stereo system bro! Wait a sec...
 
2010-02-27 02:10:44 AM
Damn, that's a big one.
 
2010-02-27 02:12:42 AM
Nice. Looks like the US is coming due.
 
2010-02-27 02:13:50 AM
TSUNAMI BULLETIN NUMBER 001
PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER/NOAA/NWS
ISSUED AT 0646Z 27 FEB 2010

THIS BULLETIN APPLIES TO AREAS WITHIN AND BORDERING THE PACIFIC OCEAN AND ADJACENT SEAS...EXCEPT ALASKA...BRITISH COLUMBIA... WASHINGTON...OREGON AND CALIFORNIA.

... A TSUNAMI WARNING AND WATCH ARE IN EFFECT ...

A TSUNAMI WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR

CHILE / PERU

A TSUNAMI WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR

ECUADOR

FOR ALL OTHER AREAS COVERED BY THIS BULLETIN... IT IS FOR INFORMATION ONLY AT THIS TIME.

THIS BULLETIN IS ISSUED AS ADVICE TO GOVERNMENT AGENCIES. ONLY NATIONAL AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT AGENCIES HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO MAKE DECISIONS REGARDING THE OFFICIAL STATE OF ALERT IN THEIR AREA AND ANY ACTIONS TO BE TAKEN IN RESPONSE.

AN EARTHQUAKE HAS OCCURRED WITH THESE PRELIMINARY PARAMETERS

ORIGIN TIME - 0634Z 27 FEB 2010 (8:34 p.m. HST on February 26, 2010)
COORDINATES - 36.1 SOUTH 72.6 WEST
DEPTH - 55 KM
LOCATION - NEAR COAST OF CENTRAL CHILE
MAGNITUDE - 8.5
 
2010-02-27 02:14:20 AM
8.5 is huge. I hope this information is wrong, I fear it is not.
 
2010-02-27 02:14:54 AM
The Rapture Index (new window) is already maxed out for earthquakes ... oh noes!
 
2010-02-27 02:19:08 AM
sirgrim: Ecuador, Chile and Peru under tsunami watches.

but we're cool, right?

lionfish: Nice. Looks like the US is coming due.

or not?
 
2010-02-27 02:19:09 AM
I wonder if it's going to be pushing any water toward Chile, or if it will all go into the Pacific. The chart above ^^^ shows it heading out into the Pacific, but you'd think something is going to head inland too.
 
2010-02-27 02:22:52 AM
28-ish North 130-or-thereabouts East. Okinawa. 7.0

35-or-so South 75-esque West. Chile. 8.5

Both within the past 24 hours.

Well, folks, we've had a good run while it lasted, but it looks like we're about due for one of those once-every-sixty-million-years mass extinction some time this century.

I'll bring the popcorn.
 
2010-02-27 02:23:04 AM
Cold night. Isolated rest stop mensroom.

An old gringo cowboy stands at the urinal. A Mexican trucker walks in, stands at the urinal next to him.

"Brrr...pretty chilly..." says the cowboy.

"Oh thank you..." says the trucker.
 
2010-02-27 02:23:11 AM
I wonder if these earthquakes have anything to do with that big ass ice block falling off of Antarctica?

probably not
 
2010-02-27 02:23:25 AM
Occam'sLadySchick: but we're cool, right?

Probably. Hawaii is in the sights, but at 15 hours it shouldn't be overwhelming. There was one (8.2) around the 50s that hit eastern Russia. took 6 hours to reach Hawaii and they had like 6 meter run up.
 
2010-02-27 02:23:32 AM
This happened at 6:34 UTC, so about 1 hour ago, which is around 10:10PM PST (Friday) or 1:00AM EST (Saturday). Wonder if the US West Coast will see anything?
 
2010-02-27 02:24:54 AM
Britney Spear's Speculum: I wonder if these earthquakes have anything to do with that big ass ice block falling off of Antarctica?

probably not


I wonder if it means my dog will stop barking at the neighbor cat.
 
2010-02-27 02:25:00 AM
200 miles SW of Santiago, wonder if they felt it.
 
2010-02-27 02:25:21 AM
So far, no news on the condition inland of the quake. Any damages?
 
2010-02-27 02:26:33 AM
Holy Christ. Anyone know anything about that area, and how populated it is?
 
2010-02-27 02:26:57 AM
Andorion: This happened at 6:34 UTC, so about 1 hour ago, which is around 10:10PM PST (Friday) or 1:00AM EST (Saturday). Wonder if the US West Coast will see anything?

To answer my own question, here:

"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."
 
2010-02-27 02:27:34 AM
Since it happened late at night, we probably won't know much about damage until morning.
 
2010-02-27 02:27:44 AM
Andorion: 200 miles SW of Santiago, wonder if they felt it.

Buildings in Santiago were reported to have shaken for between 10 and 30 seconds, with the loss of electricity in some parts of the capital.
 
2010-02-27 02:29:33 AM
Holy fark that's a big earthquake.

If the 8.5 magnitude stands, that would make it the 3rd or 4th largest earthquake ever officially recorded.

Fun fact: The biggest earthquake ever recorded was a 9.5, and it happened in... Chile. Killed 6,000 people in 1960.
 
2010-02-27 02:30:37 AM
shower_in_my_socks: Holy fark that's a big earthquake.

If the 8.5 magnitude stands, that would make it the 3rd or 4th largest earthquake ever officially recorded.

Fun fact: The biggest earthquake ever recorded was a 9.5, and it happened in... Chile. Killed 6,000 people in 1960.


It'd be in 9th place

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/world/10_largest_world.php
 
2010-02-27 02:30:51 AM
8.5? Daaaaaaaaamn. Well, best wishes, for what (nothing) they're worth, everyone down there.
 
2010-02-27 02:30:57 AM
So is this gonna be like Haiti 2.0?
 
2010-02-27 02:31:07 AM
http://www.prh.noaa.gov/ptwc/messages/hawaii/2010/hawaii.2010.02.27.064820.txt

from

http://www.prh.noaa.gov/ptwc/messages/hawaii/2010/

IF TSUNAMI WAVES IMPACT HAWAII THEIR ESTIMATED EARLIEST ARRIVAL
TIME IS

1119 AM HST SAT 27 FEB 2010
 
2010-02-27 02:35:35 AM
SomeoneDumb: I wonder if it means my dog will stop barking at the neighbor cat.

http://www.cynical-c.com/?p=16010
(new window)
 
2010-02-27 02:35:37 AM
Andorion: http://www.prh.noaa.gov/ptwc/messages/hawaii/2010/hawaii.2010.02.27.064820.txt

from

http://www.prh.noaa.gov/ptwc/messages/hawaii/2010/

IF TSUNAMI WAVES IMPACT HAWAII THEIR ESTIMATED EARLIEST ARRIVAL
TIME IS

1119 AM HST SAT 27 FEB 2010


SURFS UP BIG KAHUNA
 
2010-02-27 02:36:41 AM
Here's (new window) a page on the 8.2 that hit off Russia in 1952. Travel times and recorded waves. Peru, Washington and Ecuador recorded .2 meter waves.
 
2010-02-27 02:37:38 AM
I think this is the first time on record CNN doesn't have a stock photo ready to go..

Also are earthquakes in general increasing in frequency, or is this just a lucky streak?
 
2010-02-27 02:39:10 AM
Andorion: 200 miles SW of Santiago, wonder if they felt it.

an 8.3? they felt it.
 
2010-02-27 02:39:13 AM
QUICK, SOMEONE HOLD A BENEFIT CONCERT ON 50 OF MY CHANNELS!!!!
 
2010-02-27 02:40:02 AM
Oh fark, I hope Omarion's okay!
 
2010-02-27 02:40:14 AM
Somaticasual: I think this is the first time on record CNN doesn't have a stock photo ready to go..

Also are earthquakes in general increasing in frequency, or is this just a lucky streak?



Hence my boobies.
 
2010-02-27 02:40:23 AM
Somaticasual: Also are earthquakes in general increasing in frequency, or is this just a lucky streak?

It's a fluke. There are lots of earthquakes going on all the time, but the vast majority are of no consequence, people can't even feel them if they're right by the epicenter.
 
2010-02-27 02:40:42 AM
i have a friend that is in santiago.... hope all is well.
 
2010-02-27 02:42:05 AM
shower_in_my_socks: Holy fark that's a big earthquake.

If the 8.5 magnitude stands, that would make it the 3rd or 4th largest earthquake ever officially recorded.


Already downgraded to 8.3 by USGS, but still obviously farking HUGE. I see that the depth is 59 km, so it's centered pretty damn deep--that will help reduce shaking on the surface somewhat.
 
2010-02-27 02:42:08 AM
Wonder if it's worth going down to Santa Monica in ~11 hours to see the waves?
 
2010-02-27 02:42:24 AM
"Tsunami warning in effect for Chile and Peru, Tsunami watch for Ecuador - Reuters"

Watch it be one of those tsunamis that can't drown a chihuahua.
 
2010-02-27 02:43:21 AM
Somaticasual: Also are earthquakes in general increasing in frequency, or is this just a lucky streak?

we could go biblical. it's not like they had seismographs back in the day but we have the technology to do the math to see if they were/are close in their predictions.
 
2010-02-27 02:43:30 AM
Andorion: Wonder if it's worth going down to Santa Monica in ~11 hours to see the waves?

Isnt this when all the good treasure is found on the beach? the waves strip the beaches and expose all the goodies there?

/wishes i was down there to get my loots
 
2010-02-27 02:43:37 AM
Map from USGSTed (Twitter Earthquake Dedector) of people feeling it: http://img49.yfrog.com/i/vlp.png/ (new window)
 
2010-02-27 02:44:57 AM
lionfish: Andorion: Wonder if it's worth going down to Santa Monica in ~11 hours to see the waves?

Isnt this when all the good treasure is found on the beach? the waves strip the beaches and expose all the goodies there?

/wishes i was down there to get my loots


Um, I was thinking more like "watch it from a distance" not run into the sea when the sea retreats... isn't that exactly when you're NOT supposed to be at the coast, when the water draws back? =)
 
2010-02-27 02:45:29 AM
Somaticasual: I think this is the first time on record CNN doesn't have a stock photo ready to go..

Also are earthquakes in general increasing in frequency, or is this just a lucky streak?



In 2008, there were 12 earthquakes that were a 7.0 or higher. The year before, there were 15, including a few 8.1's. This year so far there have been 4 in the 7+ range, which is a little higher frequency than normal.

What matters is depth and location. The Okinawa quake today apparently didn't do much, but it was 22 miles deep, almost twice as deep as the quake in Haiti.
 
2010-02-27 02:46:23 AM
In 1960, Chile was hit by the world's biggest earthquake since records dating back to 1900, USGS data shows. The 9.5 magnitude quake devastated the south-central city of Valdivia, killing 1,655 people and sending a tsunami which battered Easter Island 2,300 miles off Chile's Pacific seaboard and continued as far as Hawaii, Japan and the Philippines.
 
2010-02-27 02:48:08 AM
Andorion: lionfish: Andorion: Wonder if it's worth going down to Santa Monica in ~11 hours to see the waves?

Isnt this when all the good treasure is found on the beach? the waves strip the beaches and expose all the goodies there?

/wishes i was down there to get my loots

Um, I was thinking more like "watch it from a distance" not run into the sea when the sea retreats... isn't that exactly when you're NOT supposed to be at the coast, when the water draws back? =)


No, after the tsunami is OVER. not before during the drawback. Waves last a while, they erode hundereds of years worth of beach in a few minutes. after the waves stop, run out and see whats there.
 
2010-02-27 02:48:10 AM
BTW an 8.3 is roughly equivalent to over 2 gigatons of TNT going off. The largest US nuclear test was 22 megatons. So this earthquake is roughly 100 times that.
 
2010-02-27 02:48:34 AM
Wow. 8.5 is a MONSTER quake. Damn that Richter scale and its logarithmic badassery.
 
2010-02-27 02:49:58 AM
Cyberluddite: I see that the depth is 59 km, so it's centered pretty damn deep--that will help reduce shaking on the surface somewhat.

I'm wondering what effect the land right next to the ocean being mountains will have on perceived shaking. That's a lot of solid rock that just got very shaken.
 
2010-02-27 02:52:14 AM
Léogâne, Haiti
18°30′39″N 72°38′2″W

Concepcion, Chile
36°49'48"S 73°03'00"W
 
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