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A massive magnitude 8.8 earthquake rocked Chile early Saturday, killing at least 122 people and triggering tsunami warnings for the entire Pacific basin.
Numerous tsunami waves have been reported in the Pacific, with one reaching as high as 7.7 feet in the central Chile coastal town of Talcahuano, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.
Sirens sounded at 6 a.m. Friday across Hawaii, warning people of a possible tsunami and telling people in coastal areas to evacuate.
“They’re going to sound the sirens to air on the side of caution and make sure there’s enough time to get people out of the evacuation zones, which are the coastal areas that may be affected,” Brian Shiro of the Pacific Tsuanmi Warning Center said.
Chilean President Michelle Bachelet said she expected the death toll in her country to rise.
You can get streaming Chile TV here. News and pictures, updates. Death toll now more than 120 people.
Live coverage from Hawaii via MSNBC is here. Threat of tsunami has caused evacuation of beach fronts.
The planet is doing what it is capable of doing. My thoughts and prayers go out to all in Chile and the Pacific.
Updates (2/27/10, 12:45 pm ET): New photos from WaPo.
Large FP diary by Darksyde at GOS. Also, first person recc’d diary.
be found here
that’s here and a request for photos from people in Chile. Some of the photos are here.
is also aggregating the story here.
has updates via Matthew Yglesias.
Americans seeking info on family/friends in Chile can call Bureau of Consular Affairs at 888-407-4747
Another dreadful event in Latin America.
Here are some further updates to add to yours (hope none are overlapping):
Chilean Earthquake Update, 5:00 AM CST
–CNN: Tsunami advisory issued for California,
Washington State, Oregon, Alaska.
–CNN: Tsunami arrival in Hawaii estimated to be 11 AM
—USGS Map, showing quake magnitudes
throughout Southern Hemisphere
—Live Stream from Chile
—Google Live Updates
–Daybreak now in Chile; damage assessment intensifies.
–Telephone communications down.
–Chilean earthquake strength not quite 1000 times the
strength of Haitian quake.
–Preliminary Chilean report: 147 dead.
–Bridge between north and south portions of Chile is out.
–Airports closed; flights diverted or returned to points
–Numerous aftershocks now in Chile; CNN Chile section
head said he lost count at 25 aftershocks.
—US State Department information Americans
seeking information about family and friends in
Chile, and how Americans now in Chile can report
in to US Consulate. 1-888-407-4747
—Twitter & Facebook users providing on-going,
on-the-ground local coverage.
I was talking on the phone with my daughter (she lived in Vina del Mar and studied in Valpo), who was concerned about the recovery being coincident with the transfer of power to a right-winged administration. She’s worried that people won’t get the help they need.
Do you share her concerns? I don’t know enough about Chile to say, but they seem plausible.
sometimes it makes me wonder if there isn’t really a god. shaking an angry earthquaking fist . . .
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