Great earthquake rocks Chile; NYC gets 4th greatest snow ever; Xynthia batters Europe

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 5:26 PM GMT on February 27, 2010

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A great earthquake with magnitude 8.8 rocked the coast of Chile at 6:34 GMT this morning, generating a potentially dangerous tsunami that is racing across the Pacific Ocean. The great quake is the 7th most powerful tremor in world history (Figure 1). Preliminary tsunami wave heights for the California coast near Santa Barbara are 2 - 2.5 feet. The wave is expected to arrive between 12:15 - 12:35 pm PST. The tsunami is expected to arrive in Hawaii between 11:05 - 11:42am HST, with a wave 8.2 feet high expected in Hilo, on the Big Island. A tsunami from the 9.5 Magnitude 1960 earthquake in Chile killed 61 people in Hilo. Today's quake was so strong, that it triggered a seiche in Lake Pontchartrain, Louisiana, over 4,500 miles (7,000 km) away. The lake sloshed back and forth, creating a wave 0.4 - 0.51 feet on either side of the lake.


Figure 1. Wikipedia's list of strongest earthquakes of all-time.

Preliminary tsunami amplitude forecasts:

La Jolla, CA 2.3 ft
Los Angeles, CA 2.0 ft
Malibu, CA 2.6 ft
Pt. San Luis, CA 2.3 ft
Half Moon Bay, CA 2.6 ft
Crescent City, CA 1.7 ft
Morro Bay, CA 2.2 ft
Santa Monica, CA 3.3 ft
San Francisco, CA 0.7 ft
Pismo Beach, CA 4.6 ft

Hilo, HI 8.2 feet 11:5am HST
Honolulu, HI 1.6 ft 11:37am HST
Kahului, HI 7.2 ft 11:26am HST
Nawiliwili, HI 3.0 ft 11:42am HST
Haleiwa 1.6 ft
Kawaihae 2.0 ft

Port Orford, OR 0.7 ft

Moclip, WA 1.3 ft

Seward, AK 1.3 ft
Stika, AK 1.3 ft
Kodiak, AK 2.3 ft

Tofino, British Columbia 1.7 ft

Today's great quake occurred at the boundary between the Nazca and South American plates about 325 km southwest of the capital Santiago (population 5.3 million). The depth was estimated at 35 km. At least four aftershocks of magnitude 6 or higher have occurred, the largest being a 6.9 aftershock. Fortunately, the area close to the epicenter is relatively sparsely populated, but there may be heavy damage in Concepción (est. pop. 300,000) and Chillan (est. pop. 170,000), which lie 115 km and 100 km to the south of the epicenter, respectively.


Figure 2. NOAA's preliminary forecast of tsunami wave energy for today's earthquake. Image credit: NOAA Tsunami Warning Center.

New York City slammed with its 4th largest snowstorm on record
The snow from the fourth extreme snowstorm to wallop the Northeast U.S. this winter dumped a remarkable 20.9" of snow on New York City's Central Park yesterday and Thursday. This is the 4th largest snowstorm for the city in recorded history. According to the National Weather Service, the top ten snowstorms on record for New York City's Central Park are:

26.9" Feb 11-12, 2006
26.4" Dec 26-27, 1947
21.0" Mar 12-14, 1888
20.9" Feb 25-26, 2010
20.2" Jan 7-8, 1996
19.8" Feb 16-17, 2003
18.1" Mar 7-8, 1941
17.7" Feb 5-7, 1978
17.6" Feb 11-12, 1983
17.5" Feb 4-7, 1920

The storm also helped New York City set a new all-time snowfall record for the most snow ever recorded in a month--36.9". The old record was 30.5", set in March 1896. However, the old Lower Manhattan WB Station recorded 37.9" in February 1894. Yesterday's snowstorm puts New York City's snow for the 2009 - 2010 season at 51.4", making it the 11th snowiest winter since 1869. Chris Burt, author of Extreme Weather, lists the city's all-time seasonal snowfall record at 81.5", set in the winter of 1867 - 1868. This measurement came before official records began in Central Park, and were done be the NY Park Commissioners (see "Annual Report NY Park Commissioners", 1868, by John B. Marie). The second snowiest winter in NYC occurred during the winter of 1995 - 1996, when 75.6" fell.

Destructive Winter Storm Xynthia battering Portugal and Spain
A powerful 969 mb low pressure system named "Xynthia" is rapidly intensifying of the coast of Spain, and stands poised to deliver a devastating blow to Portugal, Spain, and France today and tomorrow as it powers through Europe. Sustained winds of 60 mph (96 km/hr) were reported today at a Personal Weather Station in Costa del Morte, Spain. The pressure fell to 969 mb as Xynthia passed overhead. For comparison, Winter Storm Klaus had a minimum pressure of 967 mb. Klaus, which hit northern Spain and southwest France January 23 - 25, was Earth's most costly natural disaster of 2009, causing $5.1 billion in damage and killing 26. Models predict that Xynthia will continue to intensify today, reaching 962 mb as it moves into the west coast of France Sunday morning. Sustained winds of 50 - 65 mph (80 - 105 km/hr) with hurricane-force gusts up to 100 mph (160 km/hr) are possible along the north coast of Spain tonight and the west coast of France on Sunday as Xynthia barrels through. The storm is also bringing an exceptionally moist plume of tropical moisture ashore, as seen in precipitable water imagery from NOAA (Figure 4). This moisture is likely to cause moderate to severe flooding in portions of Europe over the weekend.


Figure 3. Visible satellite image at 12 GMT of Xynthia.


Figure 4. Satellite measurements show a region of extremely high atmospheric moisture is associated with Winter Storm Xynthia. This moisture will surge over Portugal and Spain today, potentially creating serious flooding. Image credit: Sheldon Kusselson, NOAA/NESDIS.

Links to follow:
Wundermap for Northwest Spain
Spanish radar
Meteo-France
Portugese radar

Jeff Masters

Central Park 26Feb10 (MickyDee)
the BIG one Taken in Manhattan
Central Park 26Feb10
Tree 1, House 0 (Backbaybob)
This cottage was no match for 65 mph wind and an old pine tree.
Tree 1, House 0

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Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:

strange
question is why are these waves not hitting any land areas
where or how are they disappearing

Vibrating water effect?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9K93AUFuvk&NR=1

There are diffrent types of tsunamis.

Hidden Fault Amplified 2004 Tsunami
Five years after one of the most devastating natural disasters in history, scientists are beginning to understand what caused this catastrophe.
Scientists thought the culprit behind the deadly waves was clear: the magnitude 9.2 Sumatra-Andaman earthquake, one of the most powerful ever seen.

It turns out the quake had help from a fault few scientists even knew existed. According to several new studies, the much smaller fracture spawned a separate tremor that sent a 100-foot-high wall of water barreling into Indonesia's Aceh province.

If true, the discovery would shed light on what really spawned the 2004 disaster. The main earthquake broke along a 1,600-kilometer-long section of fault where the India tectonic plate grinds underneath the Sunda plate. The fault is thought to have slipped 20 to 25 meters (65.6 to 82 feet) almost instantaneously.
http://news.discovery.com/earth/tsunami-megaquake-2004-faults.html
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Quoting altesticstorm10:
The MDR and Caribbean are looking very healthy, not to mention the warm area near Africa exceeding 10ºN.


So...and?
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ok, you fixed it :)
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ummm, you posted the same map twice with different year labels.
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Hummm, ?

http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/ops.shtml
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Quoting Ossqss:


Me too, something is not right! I have gone as far as checking any potential issues with the uplink to the Satellite.


Throwing this theory of mine, just thinking out loud. This is a relatively new science, studying and understanding tsunamis that is. I just wonder if a (some?) tsunamis put off a vibration, or some sort of harmonics, or something to that effect, that would give a false reading on the buoy instruments. I only say this because an earthquake is not a single "thump" but a series of vibration, which would amplify underwater. Just rambling!...
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A real tsunami profile, though claimed as a small one, is on the order of 50 mm



Theory and algorithm functions here: http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/dart/algorithm.shtml
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Quoting atmoaggie:

I wish I knew.
just strange thats all something not right for sure
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DART buoy specs: http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/dart/dart2_pc_1.shtml

(Mentions nothing about an adjustment to scale or such)
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Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:
then if not real why are the Buoys transmitting that info saying it is real

I wish I knew.
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Quoting atmoaggie:

They aren't real...
then if not real why are the Buoys transmitting that info saying it is real
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“Waves” are hitting areas. Hawaii, New Zealand, American Samoa, etc. I think when people hear the word “Tsunami” they think of Bandi Achi. Let’s see what happens in Japan…predicted impact in less than a hour.
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551. atmoaggie
3:18 AM GMT on February 28, 2010
Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:

strange
question is why are these waves not hitting any land areas
where or how are they disappearing

They aren't real...

1.5 feet to 5 feet seen along coasts should show up as less than one meter at the deep water buoys.
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550. AussieStorm
3:17 AM GMT on February 28, 2010
Tsunami hits New Zealand

* From correspondents in Wellington
* From: AFP
* February 28, 2010 9:36AM



WAVES up to 1.5 metres (five feet) high rammed into New Zealand today as a tsunami generated by a huge earthquake in Chile intensified, but there were no reports of serious damage.

New Zealand's entire east coast was at risk with walls of water up to three metres (10 feet) expected to hit the Chatham Islands and Banks Peninsula, near the main South Island city of Christchurch, officials said.

In the South Pacific island nation of Tonga, residents made their way to higher points inland, with memories still fresh of a tsunami in September that also hit Samoa and American Samoa, leaving more than 180 people dead.

The first wave of 20 centimetres arrived at the Chathams soon after 7am and within three hours the waves had risen to 1.5 metres, Rana Solomon of the Chatham Islands Council said.

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"It is expected that the greatest wave heights will occur between six and 12 hours after the initial arrivals," the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management said in a statement.

However, officials were hopeful the tsunami would not cause severe damage when they hit mainland New Zealand throughout the day.

"We can say it's unlikely to be very destructive," Ken Gledhill from the Institute of Geological and Nuclear Science (GNS) told Television New Zealand.

Residents on the Chatham Islands had been moved to higher ground several hours before the first wave struck and families in low-lying areas of Banks Peninsula and near Gisborne in the North Island were told to evacuate.

One Chathams resident, identified only as "Chris" told the New Zealand Press Association everyone had a perfect view of the ocean movement.

"The water is starting to disappear from round the bay, all the rocks are uncovered, the water is definitely moving out. Now the rocks are covered up again. There's no big wall of water yet. It looks very unusual, very unusual.

"It's kind of high tide here at the moment but sort of in no time the rocks became uncovered but they're covered up again."

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has warned of possible "widespread damage" from waves generated by Chile's killer quake.

In Tonga and the Cook Islands, also in the South Pacific, coastal residents moved to higher ground. Many islanders are still living in makeshift shelters following a devastating tsunami triggered by an 8.0 quake in September.

But in New Zealand, largely unscathed from the Samoa tsunamis, many people were in no hurry to take precautions with emergency services reporting sightseers heading for areas in the process of being evacuated.

In Napier, on the eastern North Island, the Sunday market went ahead on the foreshore, while elsewhere fishermen headed out to sea in small boats or took up positions on rocky outcrops unconcerned by the tsunami warnings.

"I've got my flippers," one woman told the New Zealand Press Association.

However, a mass nude photo shoot planned for Wellington's Breaker Bay beach was cancelled as a result of the tsunami warning.
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549. atmoaggie
3:17 AM GMT on February 28, 2010
Quoting hurristat:


I checked http://prc.noaa.gov/cphc/ and unisys, and they both only have up through 2008.

Not graphical, but what you want is in text form at: ftp://ftp.tpc.ncep.noaa.gov/atcf/archive/2009/

The "aep*.gz" files are EastPac.

On Wiinodze, you might need a program to uncompress gz files, I recommend 7-Zip for that (free!)
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548. Ossqss
3:15 AM GMT on February 28, 2010
Quoting Levi32:


I'm starting to get really confused about these insane buoy readings.


Me too, something is not right! I have gone as far as checking any potential issues with the uplink to the Satellite.

We have viewed a 30 meter anomaly and now 60 meters?

You would think we would have had ship reports of something that large....

Well, here is the report from space anyhow-- nothin :)

NOAA Scales Activity
Range 1 (minor) to 5 (extreme)
NOAA Scale

Past 24 hours

Current
Geomagnetic Storms

Solar Radiation Storms

Radio Blackouts

http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/




out>>>

Note the use of acoustic communication at the buoy level shown prior...
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547. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
3:12 AM GMT on February 28, 2010
Quoting Skyepony:
How about this one SE of Hawaii...near 40m

strange
question is why are these waves not hitting any land areas
where or how are they disappearing
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545. Skyepony (Mod)
3:06 AM GMT on February 28, 2010
How about this one SW of Hawaii...near 40m
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544. AussieStorm
3:05 AM GMT on February 28, 2010
Quoting Levi32:


I'm starting to get really confused about these insane buoy readings.

me too
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543. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
3:03 AM GMT on February 28, 2010
TSUNAMI BULLETIN NUMBER 020
PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER/NOAA/NWS
ISSUED AT 0235Z 28 FEB 2010

THIS BULLETIN APPLIES TO AREAS WITHIN AND BORDERING THE PACIFIC
OCEAN AND ADJACENT SEAS...EXCEPT ALASKA...BRITISH COLUMBIA...
WASHINGTON...OREGON AND CALIFORNIA.

... THE TSUNAMI WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR RUSSIA / JAPAN ...

A TSUNAMI WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR

RUSSIA / JAPAN

THIS BULLETIN IS ISSUED AS ADVICE TO GOVERNMENT AGENCIES. ONLY
NATIONAL AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT AGENCIES HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO MAKE
DECISIONS REGARDING THE OFFICIAL STATE OF ALERT IN THEIR AREA AND
ANY ACTIONS TO BE TAKEN IN RESPONSE.

AN EARTHQUAKE HAS OCCURRED WITH THESE PRELIMINARY PARAMETERS

ORIGIN TIME - 0634Z 27 FEB 2010
COORDINATES - 36.1 SOUTH 72.6 WEST
DEPTH - 55 KM
LOCATION - NEAR COAST OF CENTRAL CHILE
MAGNITUDE - 8.8

MEASUREMENTS OR REPORTS OF TSUNAMI WAVE ACTIVITY

GAUGE LOCATION LAT LON TIME AMPL PER
------------------- ----- ------ ----- --------------- -----
SITKA AK 57.1N 135.3W 0111Z 0.08M / 0.3FT 24MIN
NAWILIWILI KAUAI 22.0N 159.4W 2323Z 0.37M / 1.2FT 10MIN
HONOLULU OAHU 21.3N 157.9W 2200Z 0.25M / 0.8FT 46MIN
DART TONGA 51426 23.0S 168.1W 2003Z 0.04M / 0.1FT 32MIN
CRESCENT CITY CA 41.7N 124.2W 2213Z 0.37M / 1.2FT 50MIN
SANTA BARBARA CA 34.4N 119.7W 2150Z 0.53M / 1.7FT 20MIN
PAGO PAGO AS 14.3S 170.7W 2027Z 0.70M / 2.3FT 12MIN
JOHNSTON US 16.7N 169.5W 2248Z 0.22M / 0.7FT 64MIN
VANUATU 17.8S 168.3E 2246Z 0.15M / 0.5FT 22MIN
BARBERS PT HI 21.3N 158.1W 2157Z 0.12M / 0.4FT 54MIN
NUKUALOFA TO 21.1S 175.2W 2024Z 0.10M / 0.3FT 62MIN
KAWAIHAE HAWAII 20.0N 155.8W 2211Z 0.52M / 1.7FT 24MIN
KAUMALAPAU HAWAII 20.8N 156.9W 2136Z 0.18M / 0.6FT 56MIN
KAHULUI MAUI 20.9N 156.5W 2147Z 0.98M / 3.2FT 22MIN
MONTEREY HARBOR CA 36.6N 121.9W 2031Z 0.32M / 1.1FT 56MIN
SANTA MONICA CA 34.0N 118.5W 2035Z 0.41M / 1.4FT 32MIN
SAN DIEGO CA 32.7N 117.2W 2036Z 0.13M / 0.4FT 20MIN
APIA UPOLU WS 13.8S 171.8W 2018Z 0.16M / 0.5FT 16MIN
RAROTONGA CK 21.2S 159.8W 1907Z 0.15M / 0.5FT 24MIN
ACAPULCO MX 16.8N 99.9W 1931Z 0.62M / 2.0FT 26MIN
DART SAN DIEGO 4641 32.2N 120.7W 1931Z 0.06M / 0.2FT 24MIN
LOTTIN PT NZ 37.6S 178.2E 1934Z 0.15M / 0.5FT 10MIN
RAROTONGA CK 21.2S 159.8W 1918Z 0.32M / 1.0FT 06MIN
CABO SAN LUCAS MX 22.9N 109.9W 1833Z 0.36M / 1.2FT 12MIN
HIVA OA MARQUESAS 9.8S 139.0W 1741Z 1.79M / 5.9FT 12MIN
PAPEETE TAHITI 17.5S 149.6W 1810Z 0.16M / 0.5FT 10MIN
NUKU HIVA MARQUESAS 8.9S 140.1W 1745Z 0.95M / 3.1FT 04MIN
MANZANILLO MX 19.1N 104.3W 1705Z 0.32M / 1.0FT 24MIN
DART MANZANILLO 434 16.0N 107.0W 1611Z 0.07M / 0.2FT 24MIN
RIKITEA PF 23.1S 134.9W 1559Z 0.15M / 0.5FT 22MIN
DART MARQUESAS 5140 8.5S 125.0W 1531Z 0.18M / 0.6FT 18MIN
QUEPOS CR 0.0N 9.4E 1416Z 0.24M / 0.8FT 52MIN
BALTRA GALAPAGS EC 0.4S 90.3W 1452Z 0.35M / 1.2FT 14MIN
EASTER CL 27.2S 109.5W 1205Z 0.35M / 1.1FT 52MIN
ANCUD CL 41.9S 73.8W 0838Z 0.62M / 2.0FT 84MIN
CALLAO LA-PUNTA PE 12.1S 77.2W 1029Z 0.36M / 1.2FT 30MIN
ARICA CL 18.5S 70.3W 1008Z 0.94M / 3.1FT 42MIN
IQUIQUE CL 20.2S 70.1W 0907Z 0.28M / 0.9FT 68MIN
ANTOFAGASTA CL 23.2S 70.4W 0941Z 0.49M / 1.6FT 52MIN
DART LIMA 32412 18.0S 86.4W 0941Z 0.24M / 0.8FT 36MIN
CALDERA CL 27.1S 70.8W 0843Z 0.45M / 1.5FT 20MIN
TALCAHUANO CL 36.7S 73.4W 0653Z 2.34M / 7.7FT 88MIN
COQUIMBO CL 30.0S 71.3W 0852Z 1.32M / 4.3FT 30MIN
CORRAL CL 39.9S 73.4W 0739Z 0.90M / 2.9FT 16MIN
SAN FELIX CL 26.3S 80.1W 0815Z 0.53M / 1.7FT 08MIN
VALPARAISO CL 33.0S 71.6W 0708Z 1.29M / 4.2FT 20MIN

LAT - LATITUDE (N-NORTH, S-SOUTH)
LON - LONGITUDE (E-EAST, W-WEST)
TIME - TIME OF THE MEASUREMENT (Z IS UTC IS GREENWICH TIME)
AMPL - TSUNAMI AMPLITUDE MEASURED RELATIVE TO NORMAL SEA LEVEL.
IT IS ...NOT... CREST-TO-TROUGH WAVE HEIGHT.
VALUES ARE GIVEN IN BOTH METERS(M) AND FEET(FT).
PER - PERIOD OF TIME IN MINUTES(MIN) FROM ONE WAVE TO THE NEXT.

EVALUATION

SEA LEVEL READINGS CONFIRM THAT A TSUNAMI HAS BEEN GENERATED
WHICH COULD CAUSE DAMAGE FAR FROM ITS SOURCE. AUTHORITIES SHOULD
TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION IN RESPONSE TO THIS THREAT. THIS CENTER
WILL CONTINUE TO MONITOR SEA LEVEL DATA TO DETERMINE THE EXTENT
AND SEVERITY OF THE THREAT.

A TSUNAMI IS A SERIES OF WAVES AND THE FIRST WAVE MAY NOT BE THE
LARGEST. TSUNAMI WAVE HEIGHTS CANNOT BE PREDICTED AND CAN VARY
SIGNIFICANTLY ALONG A COAST DUE TO LOCAL EFFECTS. THE TIME FROM
ONE TSUNAMI WAVE TO THE NEXT CAN BE FIVE MINUTES TO AN HOUR, AND
THE THREAT CAN CONTINUE FOR MANY HOURS AS MULTIPLE WAVES ARRIVE.

FOR ALL AREAS - WHEN NO MAJOR WAVES ARE OBSERVED FOR TWO HOURS
AFTER THE ESTIMATED TIME OF ARRIVAL OR DAMAGING WAVES HAVE NOT
OCCURRED FOR AT LEAST TWO HOURS THEN LOCAL AUTHORITIES CAN ASSUME
THE THREAT IS PASSED. DANGER TO BOATS AND COASTAL STRUCTURES CAN
CONTINUE FOR SEVERAL HOURS DUE TO RAPID CURRENTS. AS LOCAL
CONDITIONS CAN CAUSE A WIDE VARIATION IN TSUNAMI WAVE ACTION THE
ALL CLEAR DETERMINATION MUST BE MADE BY LOCAL AUTHORITIES.

ESTIMATED INITIAL TSUNAMI WAVE ARRIVAL TIMES AT FORECAST POINTS
WITHIN THE WARNING AND WATCH AREAS ARE GIVEN BELOW. ACTUAL
ARRIVAL TIMES MAY DIFFER AND THE INITIAL WAVE MAY NOT BE THE
LARGEST. A TSUNAMI IS A SERIES OF WAVES AND THE TIME BETWEEN
SUCCESSIVE WAVES CAN BE FIVE MINUTES TO ONE HOUR.

LOCATION FORECAST POINT COORDINATES ARRIVAL TIME
-------------------------------- ------------ ------------
RUSSIA MEDNNY IS 54.7N 167.4E 0236Z 28 FEB
UST KAMCHATSK 56.1N 162.6E 0302Z 28 FEB
PETROPAVLOVSK K 53.2N 159.6E 0333Z 28 FEB
URUP IS 46.1N 150.5E 0354Z 28 FEB
SEVERO KURILSK 50.8N 156.1E 0410Z 28 FEB
JAPAN KUSHIRO 42.9N 144.3E 0435Z 28 FEB
KATSUURA 35.1N 140.3E 0453Z 28 FEB
HACHINOHE 40.5N 141.5E 0509Z 28 FEB
SHIMIZU 32.8N 133.0E 0557Z 28 FEB
OKINAWA 26.2N 127.8E 0610Z 28 FEB

BULLETINS WILL BE ISSUED HOURLY OR SOONER IF CONDITIONS WARRANT.
THE TSUNAMI WARNING WILL REMAIN IN EFFECT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

THE WEST COAST/ALASKA TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER WILL ISSUE PRODUCTS
FOR ALASKA...BRITISH COLUMBIA...WASHINGTON...OREGON...CALIFORNIA.

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542. Skyepony (Mod)
3:02 AM GMT on February 28, 2010
A TSUNAMI HAS BEEN OBSERVED AT THE FOLLOWING SITES

LOCATION LAT LON TIME AMPL
------------------------ ----- ------ ------- -----------
OLD HARBOR AK 57.2N 153.3W 0121UTC 0.46M/1.5FT
SAND POINT AK 55.3N 160.5W 0130UTC 0.32M/1.1FT
TSUNAMI AMPLITUDES ARE ARRIVING AND INCREASING ALONG THE SOUTHERN
ALASKA AND ALASKA PENINSULA COASTS.
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541. Levi32
3:01 AM GMT on February 28, 2010
Quoting AussieStorm:
What do we make of this. This if from a Buoy 450 NM NE of Tokyo, Japan



I'm starting to get really confused about these insane buoy readings.
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540. AussieStorm
2:58 AM GMT on February 28, 2010
TSUNAMI WARNING NUMBER 15 FOR NEW SOUTH WALES
Issued by the Joint Australian Tsunami Warning Centre (JATWC) at
12:58 PM EDT on Sunday 28 February 2010
********************************************************************************

TSUNAMI THREAT TO THE MARINE ENVIRONMENT

********************************************************************************
SUMMARY:
Tsunami warning for the marine environment for NEW SOUTH WALES.

Threatened areas extend for all coastal areas.

Possibility of dangerous waves and strong ocean currents for the rest of today.

Sea level observations HAVE confirmed a tsunami has been generated.

The following sea level gauges have observed a tsunami:

Norfolk Island 0045UTC 0.5M
Port Villa (Vanuatu) 0.4M
Lautoka (Fiji Islands) 0.2M
Apia (Samoa) 2018UTC 0.16M
Southport(Tasmania) 2230UTC 0.1M
Darlington(Tasmania) 2230UTC 0.1M
Port Kembla (NSW) 0045UTC 0.1M
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539. AussieStorm
2:54 AM GMT on February 28, 2010
What do we make of this. This if from a Buoy 450 NM NE of Tokyo, Japan

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537. GeoffreyWPB
2:53 AM GMT on February 28, 2010
Good segment coming up on CNN...What if an 8.8 hit in the United States.
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536. AussieStorm
2:51 AM GMT on February 28, 2010

Red Zone
PACIFIC COAST OF AOMORI PREF. 13:30 JST 28 Feb
Hachinohe 14:47 JST 28 Feb 13:30 JST 28 Feb
Mutsu-shi Sekinehama 14:42 JST 28 Feb 14:00 JST 28 Feb
Mutsuogawara-ko 14:44 JST 28 Feb 13:30 JST 28 Feb
IWATE PREF. 13:30 JST 28 Feb
Miyako 14:52 JST 28 Feb 13:30 JST 28 Feb
Ofunato 15:00 JST 28 Feb 13:30 JST 28 Feb
Kamaishi 15:03 JST 28 Feb 13:30 JST 28 Feb
Kuji-ko 14:48 JST 28 Feb 13:30 JST 28 Feb
MIYAGI PREF. 13:30 JST 28 Feb
Ishinomaki-shi Ayukawa 15:09 JST 28 Feb 14:00 JST 28 Feb
Sendai-ko 15:16 JST 28 Feb 14:00 JST 28 Feb


Orange Zone
EASTERN PART OF PACIFIC COAST OF HOKKAIDO 13:00 JST 28 Feb
Kushiro 14:31 JST 28 Feb 13:30 JST 28 Feb
Nemuro-shi Hanasaki 14:38 JST 28 Feb 13:00 JST 28 Feb
Nemuro-ko 14:25 JST 28 Feb 15:00 JST 28 Feb
Hamanaka-cho Kiritappu-ko 14:44 JST 28 Feb 13:00 JST 28 Feb
CENTRAL PART OF PACIFIC COAST OF HOKKAIDO 13:30 JST 28 Feb
Urakawa 14:46 JST 28 Feb 13:30 JST 28 Feb
Tokachi-ko 14:44 JST 28 Feb 13:30 JST 28 Feb
WESTERN PART OF PACIFIC COAST OF HOKKAIDO 14:00 JST 28 Feb
Muroran 14:14 JST 28 Feb 14:30 JST 28 Feb
Hakodate 15:02 JST 28 Feb 14:00 JST 28 Feb
Tomakomai-nishiko 14:43 JST 28 Feb 14:00 JST 28 Feb
Fukushima-cho Yoshioka 15:38 JST 28 Feb 15:00 JST 28 Feb
Tomakomai-higashiko 14:44 JST 28 Feb 14:00 JST 28 Feb
Shiraoi-ko 14:40 JST 28 Feb 14:00 JST 28 Feb
Oshima Mori-ko 14:18 JST 28 Feb 14:30 JST 28 Feb
JAPAN SEA COAST OF AOMORI PREF. 14:30 JST 28 Feb
Fukaura 15:50 JST 28 Feb 14:30 JST 28 Feb
Tappi 15:15 JST 28 Feb 15:00 JST 28 Feb
FUKUSHIMA PREF. 14:00 JST 28 Feb
Iwaki-shi Onahama 15:31 JST 28 Feb 14:00 JST 28 Feb
Soma 15:19 JST 28 Feb 14:00 JST 28 Feb
IBARAKI PREF. 13:30 JST 28 Feb
Oarai 15:31 JST 28 Feb 14:00 JST 28 Feb
Kamisu-shi Kashima-ko 15:37 JST 28 Feb 13:30 JST 28 Feb
KUJUKURI AND SOTOBO AREA, CHIBA PREF. 13:30 JST 28 Feb
Choshi 15:37 JST 28 Feb 13:30 JST 28 Feb
UCHIBO AREA, CHIBA PREF. 14:00 JST 28 Feb
Tateyama-shi Mera 16:10 JST 28 Feb 14:00 JST 28 Feb
TOKYO BAY 14:30 JST 28 Feb
Tokyo Harumi 16:43 JST 28 Feb 14:30 JST 28 Feb
Yokosuka 16:36 JST 28 Feb 14:30 JST 28 Feb
Chiba 16:40 JST 28 Feb 14:30 JST 28 Feb
Yokohama 16:40 JST 28 Feb 14:30 JST 28 Feb
IZU ISLANDS 13:30 JST 28 Feb
Izu-oshima Okada 16:20 JST 28 Feb 14:00 JST 28 Feb
Miyakejima Tsubota 16:36 JST 28 Feb 14:00 JST 28 Feb
Hachijojima Yaene 16:56 JST 28 Feb 14:00 JST 28 Feb
Kozushima Kozushima-ko 17:06 JST 28 Feb 14:00 JST 28 Feb
Miyakejima Ako 16:46 JST 28 Feb 14:00 JST 28 Feb
Hachijojima Kaminato 16:53 JST 28 Feb 14:00 JST 28 Feb
OGASAWARA ISLANDS 13:00 JST 28 Feb
Chichijima Futami 17:33 JST 28 Feb 13:00 JST 28 Feb
SAGAMI BAY AND MIURA PENINSULA 14:00 JST 28 Feb
Miurashi Aburatsubo 16:23 JST 28 Feb 14:00 JST 28 Feb
SHIZUOKA PREF. 14:00 JST 28 Feb
Numazu-shi Uchiura 17:11 JST 28 Feb 14:00 JST 28 Feb
Shimizu 17:10 JST 28 Feb 14:00 JST 28 Feb
Minami-izu-cho Irozaki 17:03 JST 28 Feb 14:00 JST 28 Feb
Omaezaki 17:10 JST 28 Feb 14:30 JST 28 Feb
Maisaka 17:36 JST 28 Feb 14:30 JST 28 Feb
Shimoda-ko 16:50 JST 28 Feb 14:00 JST 28 Feb
Ito 16:25 JST 28 Feb 14:00 JST 28 Feb
Nishiizu-cho Tago 17:10 JST 28 Feb 14:00 JST 28 Feb
Yaizu 17:05 JST 28 Feb 14:30 JST 28 Feb
PACIFIC COAST OF AICHI PREF. 14:30 JST 28 Feb
Tahara-shi Akabane 17:17 JST 28 Feb 14:30 JST 28 Feb
ISE BAY AND MIKAWA BAY 15:00 JST 28 Feb
Nagoya 17:51 JST 28 Feb 16:00 JST 28 Feb
Handa-shi Kinuura 17:48 JST 28 Feb 15:30 JST 28 Feb
Yokkaichi 17:49 JST 28 Feb 16:00 JST 28 Feb
Toyohashi-shi Mikawa-ko 17:54 JST 28 Feb 16:00 JST 28 Feb
SOUTHERN PART OF MIE PREF. 14:30 JST 28 Feb
Toba 17:47 JST 28 Feb 14:30 JST 28 Feb
Owase 17:27 JST 28 Feb 14:30 JST 28 Feb
Kumano-shi Yuki 17:26 JST 28 Feb 14:30 JST 28 Feb
SOUTHERN PART OF AWAJI ISLAND 15:30 JST 28 Feb
Sumoto 18:17 JST 28 Feb 15:30 JST 28 Feb
WAKAYAMA PREF. 14:30 JST 28 Feb
Nachi-katsuura-cho Uragami 17:32 JST 28 Feb 14:30 JST 28 Feb
Kushimoto-cho Fukuro-ko 17:36 JST 28 Feb 14:30 JST 28 Feb
Wakayama 18:03 JST 28 Feb 15:30 JST 28 Feb
Gobo-shi Haraido 17:41 JST 28 Feb 15:00 JST 28 Feb
Shirahama-cho Katata 17:38 JST 28 Feb 14:30 JST 28 Feb
OKAYAMA PREF. 18:00 JST 28 Feb
Tamano-shi Uno 22:49 JST 28 Feb 18:00 JST 28 Feb
TOKUSHIMA PREF. 14:30 JST 28 Feb
Komatsushima 17:55 JST 28 Feb 15:30 JST 28 Feb
Tokushima Yuki 17:39 JST 28 Feb 14:30 JST 28 Feb
BUNGO STRAIT COAST OF EHIME PREF. 15:00 JST 28 Feb
Uwajima 19:02 JST 28 Feb 15:30 JST 28 Feb
KOCHI PREF. 14:30 JST 28 Feb
Muroto-shi Muroto-misaki 17:43 JST 28 Feb 14:30 JST 28 Feb
Kochi 17:48 JST 28 Feb 15:00 JST 28 Feb
Tosa-shimizu 17:52 JST 28 Feb 15:00 JST 28 Feb
Susaki-ko 17:46 JST 28 Feb 15:00 JST 28 Feb
ARIAKE SEA AND YATSUSHIRO SEA 17:00 JST 28 Feb
Omuta-shi Miike 09:48 JST 01 Mar 00:30 JST 01 Mar
Tara-cho Ouranozaki 09:55 JST 01 Mar 00:30 JST 01 Mar
Misumi 20:59 JST 28 Feb 20:30 JST 28 Feb
Yatsushiro-ko 20:58 JST 28 Feb 20:30 JST 28 Feb
Amakusa-shi Hondo-ko 21:00 JST 28 Feb 17:30 JST 28 Feb
Kumamoto-ko 21:13 JST 28 Feb 20:30 JST 28 Feb
SETONAIKAI COAST OF OITA PREF. 16:00 JST 28 Feb
Oita 20:12 JST 28 Feb 16:00 JST 28 Feb
Beppu-ko 20:14 JST 28 Feb 16:00 JST 28 Feb
BUNGO STRAIT COAST OF OITA PREF. 15:00 JST 28 Feb
MIYAZAKI PREF. 15:00 JST 28 Feb
Hyuga-shi Hososhima 18:01 JST 28 Feb 15:00 JST 28 Feb
Nichinan-shi Aburatsu 17:57 JST 28 Feb 15:00 JST 28 Feb
Miyazaki-ko 18:00 JST 28 Feb 15:00 JST 28 Feb
EASTERN PART OF KAGOSHIMA PREF. 15:00 JST 28 Feb
Minami-osumi-cho Odomari 18:43 JST 28 Feb 15:30 JST 28 Feb
Shibushi-ko 18:07 JST 28 Feb 15:00 JST 28 Feb
TANEGASHIMA AND YAKUSHIMA AREA 14:30 JST 28 Feb
Tanegashima Nishino-omote 18:44 JST 28 Feb 15:30 JST 28 Feb
Tanegashima Kumano 18:08 JST 28 Feb 14:30 JST 28 Feb
AMAMI ISLANDS AND TOKARA ISLANDS 14:30 JST 28 Feb
Nakanoshima 18:51 JST 28 Feb 15:30 JST 28 Feb
Amami-shi Kominato 18:22 JST 28 Feb 15:00 JST 28 Feb
Amami-shi Naze 18:57 JST 28 Feb 15:30 JST 28 Feb
WESTERN PART OF KAGOSHIMA PREF. 15:30 JST 28 Feb
Kagoshima 19:05 JST 28 Feb 16:00 JST 28 Feb
Makurazaki 19:06 JST 28 Feb 15:30 JST 28 Feb
Akune 19:42 JST 28 Feb 16:30 JST 28 Feb
OKINAWA ISLANDS 15:00 JST 28 Feb
Naha 19:03 JST 28 Feb 16:00 JST 28 Feb
Kumejima 19:03 JST 28 Feb 15:30 JST 28 Feb
Nanjo-shi Azama 18:35 JST 28 Feb 15:30 JST 28 Feb
DAITOJIMA AREA 14:30 JST 28 Feb
Minami-daito-gyoko 18:30 JST 28 Feb 14:30 JST 28 Feb
MIYAKOJIMA AND YAEYAMA AREA 15:30 JST 28 Feb
Iriomotejima 19:24 JST 28 Feb 16:30 JST 28 Feb
Yonagunijima Kubura 19:05 JST 28 Feb 16:00 JST 28 Feb
Ishigakijima Ishigaki-ko 19:02 JST 28 Feb 15:30 JST 28 Feb
Miyakojima Hirara 19:14 JST 28 Feb 16:00 JST 28 Feb

SOUTHERN PART OF JAPAN SEA COAST OF HOKKAIDO 17:00 JST 28 Feb
Suttsu 16:20 JST 28 Feb 17:00 JST 28 Feb
Esashi 03:13 JST 01 Mar 22:00 JST 28 Feb
Setana-ko 16:16 JST 28 Feb 17:00 JST 28 Feb
Iwanai-ko 16:18 JST 28 Feb 17:00 JST 28 Feb
Okushiri-to Okushiri-ko 15:42 JST 28 Feb 17:00 JST 28 Feb
Okushiri-to Matsue 16:03 JST 28 Feb 17:00 JST 28 Feb
OKHOTSK SEA COAST OF HOKKAIDO 13:30 JST 28 Feb
Abashiri 14:14 JST 28 Feb 16:30 JST 28 Feb
Mombetsu 14:02 JST 28 Feb 13:30 JST 28 Feb
Esashi-ko 14:02 JST 28 Feb 17:00 JST 28 Feb
MUTSU BAY 15:30 JST 28 Feb
Aomori 15:14 JST 28 Feb 15:30 JST 28 Feb
Mutsu-shi Ominato 15:11 JST 28 Feb 15:30 JST 28 Feb
OSAKA PREF. 16:00 JST 28 Feb
Osaka Tempozan 18:34 JST 28 Feb 16:30 JST 28 Feb
Misaki-cho Tannowa 18:25 JST 28 Feb 16:00 JST 28 Feb
SETONAIKAI COAST OF HYOGO PREF. 16:00 JST 28 Feb
Kobe 18:35 JST 28 Feb 16:30 JST 28 Feb
Himeji 21:30 JST 28 Feb 17:00 JST 28 Feb
HIROSHIMA PREF. 17:30 JST 28 Feb
Hiroshima 21:41 JST 28 Feb 18:00 JST 28 Feb
Kure 21:44 JST 28 Feb 17:30 JST 28 Feb
KAGAWA PREF. 17:00 JST 28 Feb
Takamatsu 22:44 JST 28 Feb 17:30 JST 28 Feb
Sakaide-shi Yoshima-ko 22:59 JST 28 Feb 18:30 JST 28 Feb
SETONAIKAI COAST OF EHIME PREF. 16:00 JST 28 Feb
Matsuyama 21:05 JST 28 Feb 19:00 JST 28 Feb
Imabari-shi Oshima 22:29 JST 28 Feb 19:30 JST 28 Feb
SETONAIKAI COAST OF YAMAGUCHI PREF. 16:30 JST 28 Feb
Shimonoseki-shi Hikoshima-deshimatsu 21:42 JST 28 Feb 20:30 JST 28 Feb
Tokuyama 20:37 JST 28 Feb 19:00 JST 28 Feb
Ube-ko 20:54 JST 28 Feb 21:00 JST 28 Feb
Mitajiri Nakanoseki-ko 20:38 JST 28 Feb 19:00 JST 28 Feb
Shimonoseki-ko Chofu 21:03 JST 28 Feb 20:30 JST 28 Feb
SETONAIKAI COAST OF FUKUOKA PREF. 20:00 JST 28 Feb
Kitakyushu-shi Moji 21:22 JST 28 Feb 20:30 JST 28 Feb
Kanda-ko 20:58 JST 28 Feb 20:30 JST 28 Feb
Kitakyushu-ko Aohama 20:59 JST 28 Feb 20:30 JST 28 Feb
JAPAN SEA COAST OF FUKUOKA PREF. 21:30 JST 28 Feb
Fukuoka-shi Hakata 21:52 JST 28 Feb 23:00 JST 28 Feb
Kitakyushu-ko Hiagari 21:56 JST 28 Feb 23:00 JST 28 Feb
WESTERN PART OF NAGASAKI PREF. 17:00 JST 28 Feb
Nagasaki 19:59 JST 28 Feb 17:00 JST 28 Feb
Kuchinotsu 20:57 JST 28 Feb 17:00 JST 28 Feb
Fukuejima Fukue-ko 20:08 JST 28 Feb 17:00 JST 28 Feb
Sasebo 20:24 JST 28 Feb 17:30 JST 28 Feb
Nagasaki-ko Kougo 20:01 JST 28 Feb 17:00 JST 28 Feb
Hirado-shi Tabira-ko 20:50 JST 28 Feb 20:00 JST 28 Feb
AMAKUSA NADA COAST OF KUMAMOTO PREF. 17:00 JST 28 Feb
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535. hurristat
2:47 AM GMT on February 28, 2010
Quoting Levi32:


Well reanalysis takes time...


Ya, it does. I was just wondering why they had zero, and yet the NHC has all of the Atlantic and Pacific done. Maybe they like to post them all at once. I don't know.
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534. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
2:46 AM GMT on February 28, 2010

earthquake detected e cen med sea thats an odd area
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533. WaterWitch11
2:39 AM GMT on February 28, 2010
went out to bodega bay today as we already had plans to do this. i have never seen so many people out there. A bunch of areas blocked off and with police officers about. i was taken pictures of the ocean and i had some guy walk up to me and say:

did you see the tsunami? for some reason it irritated me. we saw nothing except the beautiful ocean we always see.
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532. Levi32
2:39 AM GMT on February 28, 2010
Quoting hurristat:


I checked http://prc.noaa.gov/cphc/ and unisys, and they both only have up through 2008.


Well reanalysis takes time...

Here's the map from last year:



2009 Pacific Hurricane Season
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531. hurristat
2:31 AM GMT on February 28, 2010
Quoting Levi32:


Central Pacific best track data is usually merged with the eastern Pacific, since the central Pacific gets so few storms every year. eastern Pacific best track data


I checked http://prc.noaa.gov/cphc/ and unisys, and they both only have up through 2008.
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530. Levi32
2:29 AM GMT on February 28, 2010
Quoting hurristat:
Does anyone know where I can find the best track data for the Central Pacific for last year? Thanks!


Central Pacific best track data is usually merged with the eastern Pacific, since the central Pacific gets so few storms every year. eastern Pacific best track data
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529. hurristat
2:27 AM GMT on February 28, 2010
Does anyone know where I can find the best track data for the Central Pacific for last year? Thanks!
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528. GeoffreyWPB
2:27 AM GMT on February 28, 2010
48 here now in Lake Worth...

WIND CHILL ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 3 AM TO 9 AM EST SUNDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MIAMI HAS ISSUED A WIND CHILL ADVISORY... WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 3 AM TO 9 AM EST SUNDAY.

THE COMBINATION OF EXPECTED NORTHWEST WINDS AT 10 TO 15 MPH OVERNIGHT AND MINIMUM TEMPERATURES AROUND 40 DEGREES WILL LIKELY RESULT IN WIND CHILL VALUES BELOW 35 DEGREES FOR THREE HOURS OR MORE ACROSS PORTIONS OF COASTAL AND METRO PALM BEACH COUNTY. THESE VALUES ARE MORE LIKELY TO HAPPEN FROM A FEW HOURS BEFORE DAWN TO TO AN HOUR OR TWO AFTER SUNRISE.
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527. GeoffreyWPB
2:15 AM GMT on February 28, 2010
Deaths now reported in Chile at 214...Prayers go out to everyone affected by this disaster.
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526. Patrap
2:15 AM GMT on February 28, 2010
Winter Storm Xynthia,radar
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525. GeoffreyWPB
2:13 AM GMT on February 28, 2010
HELLO SANTIAGO...YOU'RE ON THE AIR!. Larry King on live...Reported northern portions of Japan may get the worse of this Tsunami threat.
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524. Patrap
2:12 AM GMT on February 28, 2010
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523. barbamz
2:04 AM GMT on February 28, 2010
Pressure map Xynthia
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522. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
2:03 AM GMT on February 28, 2010


tremor off japan same area as 7
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521. barbamz
1:58 AM GMT on February 28, 2010
Average winds in Xynthia right now
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520. Ossqss
1:50 AM GMT on February 28, 2010
Quoting atmoaggie:

I dunno...I really cannot say.

I have a retired 30-year NDBC vet on the other side of the cubicle at work...I'll make it a point to ask Monday. He prolly knows off the top of his head the exact cause. (This guy was involved in everything from wave calibrations based on the hull shape of the moored buoys to building dial-a-buoy to the webpage layout, etc.)


It would certainly be interesting to understand what caused a 30 meter delta to show up :)

I was thinking of how many things in the Ocean were startled with something of that magnitude. I can see the fish/whales kinda yelling -- Earthquake! LoL, but really not kidding. ª¿ª

Sound (all types) travels very well in water.
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519. AussieStorm
1:50 AM GMT on February 28, 2010
Tsunami reaches Australia's east coast

* From: AAP
* February 28, 2010 11:11AM

WATER levels have surged by a few cms off Tasmania and officials warn of rises up to 40 cms and strong currents up Australia's east coast. Video, gallery.

"At the moment we're really in the first few minutes of it," Alasdair Hainsworth, the Bureau of Meteorology's acting assistant director of services, told AFP.

"It's sea levels rising by just a couple of centimetres at the moment."

People were urged to stay away from east coast beaches after the massive 8.8-magnitude quake hit Chile, killing at least 214 people and sending giant waves speeding across the Pacific.

"We're not expecting to see any significant water inundation but we're still urging people to stay away from the water's edge and stay out of the water," Hainsworth said.

"It's likely to cause strong currents. This could occur for the next four to six hours at least."
But hundreds of people ignored the warnings, heading down to Sydney beaches despite fears that the massive earthquake would trigger a tsunami.

At the popular eastern Sydney beach of Bondi, scores of swimmers ventured into the water while in nearby Coogee people lined the promenade above the sand to watch for any unusual waves.

Bondi lifesaver Jacob Waxs said about 100 people were in the water despite being told it was dangerous and that lifesavers had ordered all beaches in New South Wales closed.

"Unfortunately we cannot order people off the beach, we can only advise," he told AFP.

"Initially everybody got out, however, people seem to be going back in and the tsunami warning is still active."

"The surfers here in Bondi will still be out there when there's a shark alarm," he added.

The New South Wales State Emergency Service (SES) has issued official warnings for people to stay away from the state's coastal areas.

"Do not go to the coast to watch the tsunami, as there is the possibility of dangerous, localised flooding of the immediate foreshore," the warning stated.

"Boats in harbours, estuaries or shallow coastal water should return to shore. Secure your boat and move away from the waterfront. Vessels already at sea should stay offshore in deep water until further advised."

In Hawaii, tsunami waves started hitting on Saturday (local time) but the first impact was limited, meteorologists said.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said that the first seismic waves had hit the U.S. Pacific state but it was still registering the size. Television footage did not show any immediate damage in major areas.

But the center warned that more tsunami waves could come within minutes or even hours later.

Hawaii had given evacuation orders to thousands of residents, sounding warning sirens for the first time in 16 years.

The quake, one of the biggest ever measured, struck just after 3:30 a.m. local time (1:34 a.m. EST, 6:34 a.m. GMT), toppling buildings, collapsing roads, and cutting off power and telecommunications services throughout much of the southern half of Chile.




The alert follows a massive 8.8-magnitude earthquake which struck off the coast of Chile, toppling buildings, cutting power and killing at least 214 people.


The Joint Australian Tsunami Warning Centre (JATWC) issued a tsunami watch at 7:45pm yesterday declaring a "potential tsunami threat" to New South Wales, Queensland, Lord Howe Island and Norfolk Island.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) said tsunami waves could start affecting Norfolk and Lord Howe Islands after 8:30am today.

ALL NSW beaches have been closed and people hoping to view tsunami conditions have been ushered off the sand.

Surf Life Saving NSW has ordered all beaches closed from 8am today .

Tsunami shockwaves have already struck islands in French Polynesia, bringing waves up to 4m high and minor damage but no injuries.

Google has launched a people finder here.

Dangerous waves, strong ocean currents and foreshore flooding may hit coastal areas stretching south from Rockhampton, in Queensland, to Victoria and Tasmania.

Beachgoers attended NSW beaches this morning until they were ushered out of the water and off the beach by surf life savers.

"We've issued to all of our NSW clubs a directive to close the beaches until further notice," a SLS NSW spokeswoman said.

Officials will assess the directive again later today.

At Sydney's Coogee beach, more than 800 nippers were expected to hit the water but all nipper training at NSW beaches has been cancelled.

"They're actually asking people to get off the beach," an AAP photographer said from Coogee beach.

Crowds have amassed just back from the sand with hopes of witnessing any potential tsunami effects.

Emergency Management Queensland said residents in coastal areas of the state's south east should keep off beaches and foreshores on Sunday morning when conditions could be rough.

"Advice from the bureau is that there is the possibility of dangerous waves, strong ocean currents and foreshore flooding for several hours tomorrow morning," Acting Deputy Chief Officer Wayne Coutts said in a statement

"No evacuations are necessary, however we are asking people to avoid their coastal areas.

"Please do not be tempted by curiosity, and consider safety first."

People in NSW are also advised to keep away from the coast.

The NSW government has warned of possible "dangerous waves, strong ocean currents and foreshore flooding for several hours from 8.30am (AEDT)".

"The potential impacts of the tsunami for Australia will become clearer once the tsunami reaches Hawaii," Emergency Services Minister Steve Whan said in a statement.

The NSW State Emergency Service (SES) told AAP late on Saturday that people should stay away from the beach altogether between Broken Bay, north of Sydney, and the Queensland border.

"No fishing, no swimming, no boating," SES spokesman Phil Campbell said.

"There will be people who want to go sightseeing, but urge them not to."

BoM duty forecaster Jake Phillips said the NSW coast north of Broken Bay and up to Queensland's south coast as far as Double Island Point near Brisbane could be affected by strong waves.

But he said there is no concern of land inundation.

"But there is a marine threat and that would include anyone out boating or rock fishermen," he said.

The quake struck off Chile's coast at 3:34am local time (17.34 AEDT) on Saturday, shaking buildings in the capital, where some buildings have collapsed.

Chile earthquake causes chaos, many dead, fears for more casualities

A huge 8.8-magnitude earthquake rocked Chile overnight, killing at least 147 people, leaving a trail of twisted buildings and sending tsunami waves roaring at jetspeed across the vast Pacific Ocean.

Highways were sliced into pieces, rubble piled across streets and buildings were reduced to little more than heaps of wood after the pre-dawn earthquake struck some 325 km (200 miles) northeast of the capital Santiago.

Nations around the world's largest ocean scrambled to evacuate coastal areas as they braced for walls of water as high as three metres (nine feet). But there was no news of damage as the tsunami struck New Zealand and Tahiti.

The massive quake plunged much of the Chilean capital Santiago into darkness, snapping power lines and severing communications. The international airport was closed after being damaged.

"The tragedy is enormous. The earthquake is one of the most important in the world's history, with an enormous capacity of destruction," the Chilean ambassador to the US, Jose Goni, told CNN television.

But he offered reassurances, saying: "The situation is under control. I think we can manage this crisis."

It was the second major earthquake to hit the region in seven weeks after up to 300,000 people were killed in Haiti last month and 1.2 million left homeless by a 7.0-magnitude quake.

The head of Chile's National Emergency Office said that at least 147 people were killed. President Barack Obama said the toll could go into the hundreds.

The United States "stands ready to assist in the rescue and recovery efforts, and we have resources that are positioned to deploy should the Chilean government ask for our help," Obama said at the White House.

"Early indications are that hundreds of lives have been lost in Chile and damage is severe. On behalf of the American people, Michelle and I send our deepest condolences to the Chilean people," he said.

Obama telephoned Chilean President Michelle Bachelet to offer his condolences and offer any assistance.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who is leaving Sunday on a previously scheduled trip to Latin America, said she was in close contact with Bachelet and that "our thoughts and prayers" went out to the victims.

The European Union said it would provide three million euros (four million dollars) in immediate assistance for Chile. Unlike impoverished Haiti, which was also struck by a devastating earthquake last month, Chile is one of Latin America's wealthiest countries.

"The people of Chile are in agony today but Britain stands ready to help. We will do whatever we can," British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said.

AFP journalists spoke of walls and masonry collapsing in Santiago while people in pyjamas fled onto the streets as buildings "shook like jelly."

"It was the worst experience of my life," said 22-year-old Sebastian, standing outside his house in eastern Santiago.

Many Chileans were still in nightclubs partying at the start of the weekend when the quake struck before dawn, ripping up roads, bringing roofs crashing down and toppling power lines.

"Friends who were at clubs said it was pandemonium," said Santiago resident Maren Andrea Jimenez, an American UN demography expert.

"It was scary! Plaster began falling from the ceiling. My dogs freaked out. I ran out and found everyone was totally drunk, it was Friday night."

The US Geological Survey said it had recorded more than 51 aftershocks ranging from 4.9 to 6.9 in magnitude since the pre-dawn quake.

A huge wave measuring 7.7 feet (2.34 metres) crashed onto the Chilean coastal town of Talcahuano just after the quake struck at 3:34 am (0634 GMT).

Easter Island, home to about 4,000 people and its mysterious statues, was to be partially evacuated, but the tsunami wave was not as big as feared reaching just over one foot.

Roger Bilham, a professor of geological sciences at the University of Colorado, said that the waves were racing across the Pacific Ocean at 720 km per hour (446 miles per hour).

"Mid-ocean, the wave is travelling at around the speed of a jet plane," Bilham told AFP.

Some 144,500 residents in coastal areas of Hawaii were evacuating coastal areas as warning sirens sounded around the island chain for the first time in 16 years.

Hawaiians were asked not to flush toilets as wastewater systems were temporarily shut down.

"If you live anywhere in the evacuation zone, you have to evacuate," John Cummings, Oahu Emergency Management Department spokesman, told local media.

Concepcion, about 115 km (70 miles) southwest of the epicenter, was said by local TV to be among the first Chilean cities hit by waves.

Asian nations have been on heightened alert ever since a massive 2004 tsunami that killed more than 220,000 people around the Indian Ocean.

In the low-lying Philippines, officials warned residents in coastal areas to be prepare for an evacuation, and the Japanese government was on standby to help.

Earthquake-prone Chile lies along the Pacific rim of fire and is regularly rocked by quakes, but damage is often limited as they mostly hit in remote desert regions.

In May 1960 between 2,200 to 5,700 people were killed in the 9.5-mganitude Great Chilean Earthquake, which triggered a huge tsunami that reached as far as eastern New Zealand.
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518. Levi32
1:45 AM GMT on February 28, 2010
Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:
there another one up in the bering strait


Yeah I edited my comment about it but apparently not fast enough lol.

Quoting Levi32:


It has some of the best cold advection behind it that I've seen all winter here with a synoptic-scale storm. That other storm to the far west approaching the Aleutians is gonna move in behind it on Tuesday and Wednesday next week, and all that cold air building up over the state is going to make it a pretty snowy week. It will be quite a way to start off March considering our entire winter has averaged 10 degrees above normal here in Homer.
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517. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
1:44 AM GMT on February 28, 2010
Quoting Levi32:


It has some of the best cold advection behind it that I've seen all winter here with a synoptic-scale storm.
there another one heading up in the bering strait its s sw from there right now
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516. drg0dOwnCountry
1:43 AM GMT on February 28, 2010

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eqarchives/poster/2010/20100227.php
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