Chilean Earthquake and possible Tsunami
Once again Mother Nature has given us a wake-up call.
Do we know if any cruise ships were in the vicinity?
I hope everyone is safe and well
Another horrible happening in this world that we live in .Things are supposed to get better ,but when ?
Vessels at sea are largely unaffected by quakes.
A tsunami could pass and you would not detect it from usual sea conditions.
Phil & Liz
Or you could detect it depending on the size. I have been on ships where we suddenly listed (in the middle of the ocean) for almost no apparent reason. I have also seen sea conditions were swells were regular but about a minute apart - very unusual.
The coast of California has the lowest level alert, but if I were on Pride of America in hawaii this right now I would be a little more concerned. The islands (Hawaii) have the highest level warning.
http://www.cruisemates.com/images/news.gif Pacific Coasts Facing Tsunami Warning, Watch and Advisories
In the aftermath of one of the strongest earthquakes in 100 years hitting Chile this morning, cruisers leaving from the West Coast on cruises to Mexico or elsewhere today may have a surprise in store.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has issued a tsunami warning, watch and advisory for the entire Pacific Ocean, including Hawaii, California and even up through the Alaska coast. The three words represent different levels of severity.
The center has issued a tsunami "warning" (the highest alert) for Hawaii, where emergency response plans are already in place. Tourists in Waikiki and the Hilo International Airport have already been ordered to evacuate. The tsunami is expected to generate waves larger than any since 1964 throughout the islands.
The California coast received an advisory, the lowest level alert, but it still implies there should be strong waves and currents. However, officials said they do not expect "inundation." Cruise Ships can handle strong waves without any problem, but if you feel sea sick be sure to inquire at the passenger services desk for anti-nausea medication.
The scarest thing about the earthquake are the aftershocks. Because this earthquake was so large 8.8 the aftershocks are 6.9, 6.0, 6.6. The Earthquake in Haiti was 7.0; the aftershocks in Chile are almost as big as the Haiti quake. With the buildings and bridges damaged these aftershocks will take a toll. I'm also very concerned with the fires. Fires can kill more people then the quake. Here is a link to earthquakes in Chile. My thoughts and prays are with these people.
Earthquake List for Map of S America Region
The reports and warnings in California and Hawaii are for the protection of the people. But not much is happening here in regards to Tsunami. We watched a lot of coverage of the ocean. Yes it receded and yes the waves were stronger then normal. But so far nothing that will cause damage or lost of life which is very good news. It's interesting because Splendor is due in Long Beach CA tomorrow. I wonder if they will delay coming or it that won't be needed.
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