Tsunami Warning

Australia is on tsunami watch after a massive 8.8-magnitude earthquake struck off Chile’s coast, toppling buildings and killing at least six people.

National Warning Summary issued 9:50PM EDT Saturday 27 February 2010
IDY68020

Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology

MEDIA:

NO USE OF STANDARD EMERGENCY WARNING SIGNAL (SEWS)

REFER TO INDIVIDUAL STATE AND TERRITORY TSUNAMI WARNINGS AND WATCHES FOR MORE

DETAILED INFORMATION.

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NATIONAL TSUNAMI WARNING SUMMARY FOR AUSTRALIA NUMBER 2

Issued by the Joint Australian Tsunami Warning Centre (JATWC) at

9:50 PM EDT on Saturday 27 February 2010

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TSUNAMI SOURCE:

An undersea earthquake of magnitude 8.8 occurred at 5:34 PM EDT on Saturday 27

February 2010 near THE COAST OF CENTRAL CHILE (latitude 35.320S longitude

72.930W ).

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NATIONAL TSUNAMI WARNING STATUS SUMMARY:

Queensland Marine Warning issued 8:44PM EST Saturday 27 February 2010

New South Wales Marine Warning issued 9:44PM EDT Saturday 27 February 2010

Lord Howe Island Marine Warning issued 9:45PM EDT Saturday 27 February 2010

Norfolk Island Marine Warning issued 10:15PM local time Saturday 27 February

2010

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TSUNAMI DETAILS

The following sea level gauges have observed a tsunami:

Heights refer to wave amplitudes (half the peak to trough value).

GAUGE LOCATION LAT LON TIME AMPL

——————- —– —— —– —————

CALDERA CHILE 27.1S 70.8W 0843Z 0.45M

ANTOFAGASTA CHILE 23.2S 70.4W 0832Z 0.40M

TALCAHUANO CHILE 36.7S 73.4W 0653Z 2.34M

COQUIMBO CHILE 30.0S 71.3W 0852Z 1.32M

CORRAL CHILE 39.9S 73.4W 0739Z 0.90M

SAN FELIX CHILE 26.3S 80.1W 0815Z 0.53M

VALPARAISO CHILE 33.0S 71.6W 0708Z 1.29M

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FOR LATEST AND FURTHER INFORMATION:

Refer to individual State and Territory tsunami warnings and watches issued by

the JATWC for more detailed information.

Listen for any further advice from your local emergency service through the

media.

Maps showing the affected areas are on the Bureau web site http://www.bom.gov.au.

For emergency assistance, call your local emergency service on 132 500. Call

the Tasmania Police on 131 444.

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NEXT UPDATE:

The next national warning summary will be issued at 11:20 PM EDT on Saturday 27

February 2010

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EDT = Eastern Daylight Time

EST = Eastern Standard Time = EDT – 1 hour

CST = Central Standard Time = EDT – 1.5 hours

CDT = Central Daylight Time = EDT – 30 minutes

WST = Western Standard Time = EDT – 3 hours

The JATWC is operated by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology and Geoscience

Australia

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