Skip to comments.Tsunami strikes Chile: Live updates after massive 8.3 magnitude earthquake causes giant wave
Posted on 04/01/2014 7:14:09 PM PDT by kingattax
A wave of more than six feet in height has hit the port of Iquique in Chile.
It is a key copper exporting port, close to the country's main copper mines.
Mining companies Codelco and BHP Billiton said that had not yet received reports of damage to mines.
(Excerpt) Read more at mirror.co.uk ...
That big, huh?
Some reports claim the wave which hit the Chilean coast was as high as 7ft.
Tremours from last night’s earthquake were felt as far away as Bolivia.
When did this happen? At the link it says 2:17 a.m. Then there’s a video at 2:50 a.m. that looks like broad daylight.
A six foot wave?! That’s pretty routine around my home
in Charlevoix,Mi., on Lake Michigan.(No earthquakes though).
This “wave” might be 100 miles wide. Think of it like a storm surge in a hurricane.
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Sent: Tuesday, April 01, 2014 6:37 PM
Subject: [Tsunami Message - IOC] NWS-NTWC Tsunami Information Statement
WEAK53 PAAQ 020136
PUBLIC TSUNAMI INFORMATION STATEMENT NUMBER 3
NWS NATIONAL TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER PALMER AK
636 PM PDT TUE APR 1 2014
UPDATES IN THIS MESSAGE INCLUDE NEW OBSERVATIONS.
...THIS IS A TSUNAMI INFORMATION STATEMENT FOR ALASKA/ BRITISH
COLUMBIA/ WASHINGTON/ OREGON AND CALIFORNIA...
* A TSUNAMI HAS BEEN GENERATED THAT COULD POTENTIALLY IMPACT
THE AREAS LISTED ABOVE.
* THE U.S. NATIONAL TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER IS ANALYZING
THE EVENT TO DETERMINE THE LEVEL OF DANGER.
* MORE INFORMATION WILL BE ISSUED AS IT BECOMES AVAILABLE.
* THIS EARTHQUAKE HAS GENERATED A LARGE
TSUNAMI IN THE SOURCE REGION.
PRELIMINARY EARTHQUAKE PARAMETERS
* MAGNITUDE 8.2
* ORIGIN TIME 1547 AKDT APR 01 2014
1647 PDT APR 01 2014
2347 UTC APR 01 2014
* COORDINATES 19.8 SOUTH 70.8 WEST
* DEPTH 6 MILES
* LOCATION NEAR COAST OF NORTHERN CHILE
OBSERVATIONS OF TSUNAMI ACTIVITY - UPDATED
TIME OBSERVED MAX
SITE OF MEASUREMENT TSUNAMI HEIGHT
PISAGUA CHILE 0102 UTC 04-02 07.6FT
IQUIQUE CHILE 2348 UTC 04-01 05.9FT
DART32401ST CHILE 0011 UTC 04-02 00.8FT
PATACHE CHILE 0006 UTC 04-02 05.6FT
ARICA CHILE 0016 UTC 04-02 04.4FT
MATARANI PERU 0020 UTC 04-02 01.8FT
ANTOFAGASTA CHILE 0027 UTC 04-02 00.9FT
MEJILLONES CHILE 0038 UTC 04-02 02.0FT
HEIGHT - OBSERVED MAX TSUNAMI HEIGHT IS THE WATER LEVEL ABOVE THE
TIDE LEVEL AT THE TIME OF MEASUREMENT.
NEXT UPDATE AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
* MESSAGES WILL BE ISSUED HOURLY TO KEEP YOU INFORMED OF THE
PROGRESS OF THIS EVENT.
* REFER TO THE INTERNET SITE NTWC.ARH.NOAA.GOV FOR
* PACIFIC COASTAL REGIONS OUTSIDE CALIFORNIA... OREGON...
WASHINGTON... BRITISH COLUMBIA AND ALASKA SHOULD REFER TO THE
PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER MESSAGES AT PTWC.WEATHER.GOV.
Isn’t 6-7 feet “surfs up”?
Hang ten brah ...
They're saying that the main wave is supposed to hit in about 30 minutes from now.
Professionals surf on waves up to 20 feet high according to a search.
Some smart Chiliean needs to set up a live cam on Youtube and rake in the ad clicks!
This isn’t a wave that goes up and down. The entire ocean level seems to rise 7 feet, then it just keeps coming... and coming... and coming.
Imagine if the sea level suddenly rose by seven feet. The force can wash away an entire town and kill thousands.
A six foot tsunami wave would be more like sea level suddenly rose six feet and stayed there for hours. It doesn’t just break and then it’s over.
Thanks. I didn’t think about it that way.
It’s south of the equator, dark is opposite there...
They’re saying that the main wave is supposed to hit in about 30 minutes from now.
That said, damage is likely from even relatively small tsunami surges in the ports along the coast. Luckily much of the coastline has significant bluffs, and is sparsely populated.
In 2010, an 8.8-magnitude quake triggered a tsunami that caused major damage in several coastal towns in central-south Chile and killed hundreds of people.
We get that on a regular basis. It’s called high tide.
Most of the copper Mines are OPEN Pit Mines..
Iquique construction was of wooden Houses or
Mortar Based... There will be Tremendous flooding as this is a very Dry Region to north Atacama desert..
The Town of Iquigue when you arrive it has a Pungent fish smell as much canning/packaging is done their.
It doesn’t matter how high it is, it matters what the wavelength is.
That's what some folks say. Sort of.
What happens if it's high tide on top of high tide?
What’s the frequency, Kenneth?
Do you mean what happens if the tsunami rolls in during high tide?
Gotcha. Thank You.
More to the point... The 6 ft tsunami height is the height of the wave AT SEA. As the wave approaches shore and gets into shallower water it will build up and break several times higher than that.
Another difference is the period. Instead of a normal wave with a period of only a few seconds... A tsunami could have a period of several minutes. That is, the wave comes in, and just KEEPS coming...
Storm tide. Throws rocks on the roads, washes them out. Maybe takes out some expensive houses built on the beach and washes away all their sand.
Just add the predicted tide to the tsunami and you have the total height.
so a 6 ft tsunami could be, on shore, 12-18 ft?
There have been landslides covering the roads.
Besides what the other commenters are telling you, an ordinary wave doesn’t move water forward with the wave (until it breaks in the very last stage, lasting seconds). The tsunami obeys the same rule, but it is ‘breaking’ the whole time it is approaching land — moving untold billions of cubic meters of water up and onto the land for minutes, at least.
Probably won’t happen though,...not to mention the swarms of human flesh eating Humboldt Squid which swarm up to the surface from unknown depths in the Northern Sea of Cortez whenever they detect human swimmers in the gulf for about 20 minutes, then disappear again without a trace. Nobody seems to ever hear again from people who go on vacation swimming down there.....If the tsunami is powerful enough to link into the Salton Sea towards Indio, even if one were lucky enough to make it through the flood,....would they evade the swarms of flesh eating squid?????....then the Africanized bee swarms come to mind......<8^0
I'm sorry, I know this is a tragic situation, but I CAN'T help it! Does that mean that if Obama was there he would be a White man? er, well White any way.
“Nobody seems to ever hear again from people who go on vacation swimming down there”
There has to be a “Breaking News” story about this somewhere.
So do we. And if you built your house between low and high tide and the water rose meters per second (like in the historic Hilo tsunami), you'd have a problem.
Okay I don't know anything about the subject, I live in Kansas. My thoughts on high tide have something to do with snorting laundry detergent.
They say the flesh eaters don’t let them live long enough to break the news! ;^(
There’s a reason they don’t build houses in certain areas. For those who do, they have an apt description:
More money than brains.
“They say the flesh eaters dont let them live long enough to break the news! ;^(”
If that’s the case, the best advise to give to swimmers would be a fifteen minute limit in the water.