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U.S. Embassy Chile: Tsunami Warning

U.S. Embassy Chile: Tsunami Warning
March 11
15:31 2011
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Contact the U.S. Embassy in Santiago, Chile for more details

To: U.S. Citizens in Chile

From: Mark Leoni, Consul General, U.S. Embassy, Santiago

Date: March 11, 2011

Subject: Warden Message 2011-03

This Warden Message alerts U.S. citizens traveling to or residing on Easter Island or the Pacific coast of Chile of a tsunami wave which is anticipated to hit land (Easter Island) at about 17:55 local time on March 11, 2011. A massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake hit the Pacific Ocean near Northeastern Japan at around 2:46 pm JST on March 11, causing damage with blackouts, fires and tsunami. The large earthquake triggered a tsunami warning for many countries bordering the Pacific Ocean.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), “sea level readings confirm that a tsunami has been generated which could cause widespread damage. 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. 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.

NOAA anticipates that the waves will arrive at the following approximate times:

CHILE EASTER ISLAND. 27.1S 250.6E 2255Z (17:55 local time) 11 MAR

ARICA 18.5S 289.7E 0244Z (23:44 local time) 12 MAR

IQUIQUE 20.2S 289.9E 0249Z (23:49 local time) 12 MAR

ANTOFAGASTA 23.3S 289.6E 0254Z (23:54 local time) 12 MAR

CALDERA 27.1S 289.2E 0314Z (00:14 local time) 12 MAR

GOLFO DE PENAS 47.1S 285.1E 0315Z (00:15 local time) 12 MAR

COQUIMBO 29.9S 288.6E 0323Z (00:23 local time) 12 MAR

VALPARAISO 33.0S 288.4E 0338Z (00:38 local time) 12 MAR

CORRAL 39.8S 286.5E 0352Z (00:52 local time) 12 MAR

TALCAHUANO 36.7S 286.9E 0359Z (00:59 local time) 12 MAR

PUERTO MONTT 41.5S 287.0E 0552Z (02:52 local time) 12 MAR

PUNTA ARENAS 53.2S 289.1E 1700Z (00:08 local time) 12 MAR

*local times provide by ONEMI

For the latest security information, U.S. citizens traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department’s Internet web site at

http://travel.state.gov , where the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts can be found. Up to date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the United States, or, for callers outside the United States and Canada, a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.

These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays). American citizens traveling or residing overseas are encouraged to register with the appropriate U.S. Embassy or Consulate on the State Department’s travel registration website at https://travelregistration.state.gov

In case of an emergency, please contact the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Santiago, located at Avenida Andres Bello 2800, telephone 011 (56)(2) 330-3000, fax 011 (56)(2) 330-3005; e-mail SantiagoAmcit@state.gov

 

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