Thursday, March 11, 2010

Tsunami Warning

6 miles West of Easter Island

At about 11:00 this morning the Armada informed us of a second quake in Chile and a tsunami warning for approximately 15:00 (3:00 pm) for Easter Island, so at about 1:00 we pulled anchor and headed west to make sure we were in deep water in case there was in fact a significant wave. 3:00 has come and gone with no word yet, but we have tacked over and are headed back to shore. We excpect to get the all clear within the hour, and don't expect much as there is nothing on the chilean news about the quake or any tsunami's (just big coverage of their congress which must be being seated today or something). The one other boat left in the harbour with us (Plan B, a 160' Navy Grey expedition yacht) is 6 miles behind us, on their way in as well. Probably all an unnecessary precaution, but better to be out in 1000' than in 50' only 300 yards from shore where we were anchored so just in case anyone had heard about the tsunami warning and were worried, we are safe and sound and won't
head back into the harbor till we get the all clear from the Navy.

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