April 1, 2014 - what do you say to a man on a sailboat
off the coast of Chile when you want him
to sail further out to sea to avoid a tsunami.
Terremoto de magnitud 8.2 en el norte del país: Alerta de tsunami
A massive earthquake struck off the coast of Northern Chile on Tuesday evening prompting tsunami warnings across the Pacific coast, with evacuation ordered for the entire zone until the early hours of Wednesday morning. The 8.2 magnitude earthquake struck around 55 miles southeast of Cuya, at 8:46 p.m. local time. So far at least 20 aftershocks with some measuring around 5 on the Richter scale have been felt in the area.
The Interior Ministry has confirmed five deaths in Iquique and surrounding areas and at least three people seriously injured so far.
Interior Minister Rodrigo Peñailillo has 300 escapees from a women’s prison in Iquique, with initial police reports saying that 16 had been recaptured. Armed Forces personnel are reportedly on the streets of northern city to help maintain order.
Estafania Morales, whose family currently lives in Iquique, told The Santiago Times that the initial earthquake was strong and caused widespread fear in the city. “Everything is in a panic, trees fell, apparently the road linking Iquique and Alto hospicio is cracked,” Morales said Tuesday night. “Everything was falling, televisions, radios, the bathtub broke, the windows etc.”
However, for the residents in coastal northern cities the greatest concern is the possibility of a tsunami. “The real fear is because of the tsunami,” Morales said. “I have a relative who was sailing, who works as a fisherman, and he says he has been told to go farther out to sea, until later notice, this really worries us.”