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JCMach1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-29-09 11:09 PM
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40-50ft. Tsunami Hit American Samoa, Warnings Up for U.S. West Coast and Hawaii
A tsunami ripped across islands of the South Pacific, wiping out several villages and killing at least 34 people in Samoa and American Samoa, with the number of dead expected to escalate as more bodies are found.

Most of the damage appeared to have occurred in the Samoan islands, which include Samoa, a small nation of about 220,000 people, and American Samoa, a U.S. territory nearby with about 65,000 people.

President Barack Obama declared a "major disaster" in American Samoa and ordered federal aid for the area.

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A boat from Malaloa Marina is seen on the edge of the main highway in the village of Fagatogo in American Samoa.
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Tsunami Hits Samoa, Wipes Out Village
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Reporting from Wellington, New Zealand, Dow Jones Newswires' Simon Louisson tells The News Hub at least one village in Samoa was wiped out by a tsunami wave. The wave followed a massive earthquake that struck close to the Pacific Island group.

The U.S. National Weather Service issued a tsunami advisory for the U.S. West Coast late Tuesday, warning of potentially strong currents or dangerous waves, though it said "significant widespread inundation" wasn't expected.

The Japan Meterological Agency Wednesday issued a tsunami advisory affecting the country's eastern coast and outlying islands. No initial damage was reported. A tsunami advisory is lower in importance than a tsunami warning.

The giant waves in the South Pacific followed a massive earthquake with a magnitude of 8.0, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, that struck about 120 miles off the Samoan coast at 6:48 a.m. local time Tuesday.

Large swells began rolling into populated areas soon afterward, sweeping some people and cars out to sea, demolishing buildings and covering roads in debris, mud and large fish.

Meteorological officials declared tsunami warnings for a number of South Pacific islands, including Fiji and Tonga, as well as New Zealand, but the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center later canceled the tsunami warnings after the waves had passed... http://online.wsj.com/article/SB125425141765950133.html...

Slide Show is Here of the aftermath http://online.wsj.com/article/SB125425141765950133.html...

Any news from the West Coast?






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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-29-09 11:12 PM
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1. the warning was removed a few hours ago
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JCMach1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-29-09 11:12 PM
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4. Hawaii, or West Coast?
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-29-09 11:17 PM
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8. The West Coast never even got a watch up
Edited on Tue Sep-29-09 11:25 PM by nadinbrzezinski
The state issued an advisory however
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sandnsea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-29-09 11:29 PM
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12. There is an NOAA advisory up
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-29-09 11:13 PM
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5. I read that also. nt
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ezgoingrl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-29-09 11:12 PM
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2. I don't think it's supposed to hit the West Coast
until early Wednesday morning, if it hits.
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gwsuperfan Donating Member (84 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-29-09 11:14 PM
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6. San Diego
Will see it about 9:20 PM, but it'll only be about 15cm if the predictions are correct.
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tabatha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-29-09 11:12 PM
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3. It is only 65cm, about 2 feet - so there is no cause for alarm.
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JCMach1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-29-09 11:15 PM
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7. Looks small for U.S. West Coast
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grasswire Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-29-09 11:19 PM
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9. watch along oregon coast
supposed to hit in about an hour. last I heard on the news they expected the high tide to be three feet higher than usual.
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sandnsea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-29-09 11:28 PM
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11. The NOAA predicts less than a foot
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cbayer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-29-09 11:27 PM
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10. Currently in a South facing harbor off the coast of Southern California.
First wave was supposed to arrive here about 15 minutes ago. It may be a little bit rollier than usual, but nothing much felt.

Thanks goodness.

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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-29-09 11:32 PM
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13. The coastal winds that we get here in the SJ foothills every afternoon
were much stronger than usual today, earlier and really cold. It was amazing.
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cbayer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-29-09 11:34 PM
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15. There is a gale out near San Nicolas and Santa Rosa - coming from the west-northwest.
We were sailing from Santa Barbara Island to Catalina, and you are right, it was really cold and got windy late in the afternoon.

But I don't think it's related to this event at all. They had been predicting the gale for days.

:hi:
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-29-09 11:43 PM
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17. The wind is not related to the quake
you are correct.

Coincidences...

Now I know why it got colder though. I SHOULD pay closer attention to Marine weather, never do... not since I stopped doing EMS.
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grasswire Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-30-09 02:40 AM
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18. what a life you have!
Sailing from Catalina to Santa Barbara!

:-O
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-29-09 11:32 PM
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14. Personally I had an eye to taking birds to truck and driving up high
:-)

When we only got an advisory I went... ok, energy will dissipate, mostly, by the time it gets here.

Today was a lesson in geology and physics
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cbayer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-29-09 11:41 PM
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16. The Coast Guard is still issuing the advisory out here, and we
weren't sure whether we should take the boat further out or stay put. But other than some higher and stronger tide currents, I don't think we are going to get much effect in Southern California.

Me? Relieved!

:hi:
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