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Large Earthquake Strikes Chile

Posted by feww on September 17, 2015

M8.3 quake off Chile generates Pacific-wide hazardous/ destructive tsunami

Centered at 31.570°S, 71.654°W the quake struck at a depth of 25km, USGS/EHP reported.

The quake has been followed by at least a dozen aftershocks measuring ≥ 5.0Mw including four significant aftershocks measuring 6.3, 6.1, 6.2 and 7.0Mw respectively.

EQ Details
Magnitude: 8.3Mw
Location: 31.570°S 71.654°W
Depth: 25.0 km
Time: 2015-09-16 22:54:33 UTC

Tsunami Evaluation

TSUNAMI THREAT FORECAST

* TSUNAMI WAVES REACHING MORE THAN 3 METERS ABOVE THE TIDE LEVEL ARE POSSIBLE ALONG SOME COASTS OF CHILE.

* TSUNAMI WAVES REACHING 1 TO 3 METERS ABOVE THE TIDE LEVEL ARE POSSIBLE ALONG SOME COASTS OF FRENCH POLYNESIA.

* TSUNAMI WAVES REACHING 0.3 TO 1 METERS ABOVE THE TIDE LEVEL ARE POSSIBLE FOR SOME COASTS OF

MEXICO… ECUADOR… PERU… ANTARCTICA… JAPAN… NEW CALEDONIA… NEW ZEALAND… MARSHALL ISLANDS… FIJI… SAMOA… AMERICAN SAMOA… COOK ISLANDS… TOKELAU… VANUATU… KIRIBATI… JOHNSTON ISLAND… PALMYRA ISLAND… HOWLAND AND BAKER… TONGA… WALLIS AND FUTUNA… PITCAIRN ISLANDS… NIUE… SOLOMON ISLANDS… RUSSIA… HAWAII… AND NW HAWAIIAN ISLANDS.

* TSUNAMI WAVES ARE FORECAST TO BE LESS THAN 0.3 METERS ABOVE THE TIDE LEVEL FOR THE COASTS OF

EL SALVADOR… GUATEMALA… HONDURAS… COSTA RICA… NICARAGUA… PANAMA… COLOMBIA… AUSTRALIA… PHILIPPINES… TAIWAN… CHINA… NORTHERN MARIANAS… GUAM… PALAU… YAP… POHNPEI… CHUUK… KOSRAE… NAURU… WAKE ISLAND… MIDWAY ISLAND… JARVIS ISLAND… TUVALU… PAPUA NEW GUINEA… INDONESIA… VIETNAM… MALAYSIA… AND BRUNEI.

* ACTUAL AMPLITUDES AT THE COAST MAY VARY FROM FORECAST AMPLITUDES DUE TO UNCERTAINTIES IN THE FORECAST AND LOCAL FEATURES. IN PARTICULAR MAXIMUM TSUNAMI AMPLITUDES ON ATOLLS WILL LIKELY BE MUCH SMALLER THAN THE FORECAST INDICATES.

* FOR OTHER AREAS COVERED BY THIS PRODUCT A FORECAST HAS NOT YET BEEN COMPUTED. THE FORECAST WILL BE EXPANDED AS NECESSARY IN SUBSEQUENT PRODUCTS.

EVALUATION [NWS PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER EWA BEACH HI 3:24 PM HST WED SEP 16 2015]

BASED ON ALL AVAILABLE DATA A MAJOR TSUNAMI IS NOT EXPECTED TO STRIKE THE STATE OF HAWAII. HOWEVER…SEA LEVEL CHANGES AND STRONG CURRENTS MAY OCCUR ALONG ALL COASTS THAT COULD BE A HAZARD TO SWIMMERS AND BOATERS AS WELL AS TO PERSONS NEAR THE SHORE AT BEACHES AND IN HARBORS AND MARINAS. THE THREAT MAY CONTINUE FOR SEVERAL HOURS AFTER THE INITIAL WAVE ARRIVAL.

THE ESTIMATED TIME OF ARRIVAL OF THE INITIAL WAVE IS 0311 AM HST THU 17 SEP 2015

TSUNAMI ADVISORY IN EFFECT FOR…

* THE COASTAL AREAS OF CALIFORNIA FROM SAN ONOFRE STATE BEACH CALIFORNIA /WHICH IS LOCATED 45 MILES SE OF L.A./ TO RAGGED POINT CALIFORNIA /WHICH IS LOCATED 50 MILES NW OF SAN LUIS OBISPO/

FOR OTHER US AND CANADIAN PACIFIC COASTS IN NORTH AMERICA – THERE IS NO TSUNAMI THREAT.

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