Friday, March 11, 2011

The tsunami warning put on the Pacific coast from Canada to Chile

The tsunami caused by the earthquake of 8.9 on the Richter scale in Japan has alerted the Pacific coast, since it can touch down with some force in an arc that goes from Canada to Chile. U.S. Residents of several areas of northern California have been evacuated. It is expected that the great wave can reach the coast at a height of two meters, as noted by a spokeswoman for the state emergency agency.

The authorities of the State of Oregon has advised residents to evacuate the area and schools are closed along the coast. "They are producing some evacuations in the counties of Del Norte and San Mateo," said Scott Jordan, a spokesman for the Emergency Management Agency of California, although it has no details on how many people have fled their homes.

Del Norte is the northernmost town of the California coast, while San Mateo County is just south of San Francisco, which houses most of Silicon Valley, home of industry information technology and communication U.S., although it is inland. Canada The Canadian authorities have issued warnings for parts of British Columbia.

The Government has warned that a tsunami was generated low intensity that could affect some coastal buildings or create currents in some ports and remote coastal areas. It has also urged local governments to immediately evacuate coastal areas, beaches and other areas which are normally below the high tide mark.

Hawaii's first tsunami waves reached the shores of southern Oahu, but initially there were no reports of damage. Located 6,200 kilometers from Japan, the Hawaiian archipelago has been put on alert. Have closed airports in the three major islands, Maui, Kauai and the Big Island of Hawaii, as a measure of extreme care.

The U.S. Navy has ordered its ships based at Pearl Harbor to remain in port so they can help if necessary help in rescue missions. Civil protection authorities called on all citizens of coastal areas to vacate their homes about 90 minutes before the first wave reached the islands, around 8.30 am local time (13.30 GMT).

Evacuation zones include the famous Waikiki beach and the largest hotel and tourism on the island of Oahu. The civil defense sirens sounded throughout the country, shortly before 22.00, and police officers with megaphones asked residents near the shore to go up to higher ground. They also toured the beaches to awaken to the indigent.

The U.S. president, Barack Obama, Native Hawaiian, was informed of a tsunami warning at 4:00 (9:00 GMT) and ordered the Federal Emergency Management put on alert for possible state and territory involved, as has informed the White House. Chile In Chile, which was hit last year by the 8.8 earthquake and several tsunamis that killed more than 500 people, the president, Sebastian Pinera, has called on citizens to be alert but urges them to continue their daily routines.

In Easter Island, a Chilean territory in the South Pacific, the authorities plan to move to coastal residents to higher ground as a precaution against the possible arrival of a tsunami. Peru The Peruvian authorities have reported that they expected to wait until late afternoon to decide if ordered to evacuate low-lying coastal areas, such as the port city of Callao.

It is anticipated that the earliest possible tsunami waves reach the coast of Peru in the city of Tumbes, near the coast of Ecuador, to 5.30 in the morning (22.30 GMT) and can reach the capital, Lima, two hours after . Any evacuation will be ordered two hours before the arrival of the waves, have notified the authorities.

Mexico in the Mexican city of Mazatlan, Sinaloa State, north-west, the closures have closed in the main business district, and has been closed to traffic from the coast road, before the expected arrival of waves of three feet to 19.00 GMT.

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