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Apr
03
2014

Hazard Highlights

Earthquakes Hit South America, Tropical Depression in the West Pacific

8.2 Earthquake in Chile

PDC Global Hazards Atlas, centered on Iquique, Chile, displaying Recent Earthquakes

PDC Global Hazards Atlas, centered on Iquique, Chile, displaying Recent Earthquakes

On April 1, an 8.2 magnitude earthquake struck Chile at 8:46 pm local time, located 95 km northwest of Iquique. As of April 3, six people were reported killed and 2,000 houses damaged. A series of aftershocks occurred following the earthquake, the largest was a 7.6 which occurred late on April 2 local time. The epicenter was on land and caused 176,000 people to experience strong shaking. Chile’s president declared the Tarapacá and Arica-and-Parinacota regions disaster areas. (ECDM, ReliefWeb)

The 8.2 magnitude earthquake was large enough to generate a tsunami and the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) issued a Pacific-wide tsunami warning for parts of North and South America, causing 972,457 people to be evacuated from coastal regions. The tsunami wave reached the Chilean coast 15 minutes after the earthquake occurred, the maximum height of the tsunami near the coast was measured at 2.4 meters.(ECDM) The image below shows the expected tsunami travel time from the earthquake epicenter to coastal locations. This map is automatically updated when PTWC issues a tsunami bulletin.

PDC Global Hazards Atlas, displaying PDC Integrated Active Hazards and Tsunami Travel Time

PDC Global Hazards Atlas, displaying PDC Integrated Active Hazards and Tsunami Travel Time

Tropical Depression – Five

PDC Global Hazards Atlas, displaying PDC Integrated Active Hazards, Tropical Cyclone Segments, Tropical Cyclone Positions, and Estimated Tropical Cyclone Rainfall (TAOS)

PDC Global Hazards Atlas, displaying PDC Integrated Active Hazards, Tropical Cyclone Segments, Tropical Cyclone Positions, and Estimated Tropical Cyclone Rainfall (TAOS)

PDC is currently monitoring Tropical Depression Five located in the West Pacific. Five is located about 810 miles east-southeast of Koror, Palau with maximum sustained wind speeds of 34 mph. Five is forecast to continue moving west-southwest towards the Philippines, passing near Palau. (JTWC)

Current Hazard Warnings

Drought: Marshall Islands (Northern), United States (Southwest/Pacific)

Earthquakes: 6.5 – 43km W of Iquique, Chile, 7.6 – 19km S of Iquique, Chile, 8.2 – 95km NW of Iquique, Chile

Flood: Angola/Namibia (Omusati), China (South), Ecuador (Bolivar), Madagascar (Northwest), Peru (Northeast)

Severe Weather: United States (South/Central)

Winter Storm: Canada (Newfoundland and Labrador), Spain (Northwest)

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