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An 8.3 Quake Off Chile

The US Geological Survey provides the technical details on the magnitude 8.3 quake 46km West of Illapel, Chile today at 5:54:33 PM CDT.

The ABC covers the tsunami alert and evacuation orders:

Waves of up to three metres are possible along the coasts of Chile, Peru and French Polynesia, the Pacific Tsunami Center (PTWC) in Hawaii said.

The PTWC also issued an alert for waves of between 0.3 to 1 metres for Japan, Antarctica, and most of the South Pacific, including New Zealand, Fiji, Tonga, Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands.

A tsunami warning has also been issued for Hawaii.

Waves triggered by the earthquake have been observed along Chile’s coast, the Chilean National Office of Emergency said.

The navy reported waves of up to 4.5 metres near the port city of Coquimbo.

Chile’s government has urged residents to evacuate from the coastline.

Essentially waves up to 15 feet could hit Chile with lesser heights elsewhere in the southern and central Pacific.

September 16, 2015   Comments Off on An 8.3 Quake Off Chile

Tropical Depression Nine

Tropical Depression NinePosition: 15.8N 45.1W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: Northwest [310°] near 7 mph [11 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 30 mph [ 45 kph].
Wind Gusts: 40 mph [ 65 kph].
Minimum central pressure: 1008 mb ↓.

Currently about 1075 miles [1735 km] East of the Lesser Antilles.

This system has been out there as an invest for a while and finally made the move to tropical status.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

[For the latest information click on the storm symbol, or go to the CATEGORIES drop-down box below the CALENDAR and select “Hurricanes” for all of the posts related to storms on this site.]

September 16, 2015   Comments Off on Tropical Depression Nine