Of course the big news today is the 8.8 earthquake in Chile and the Tsunami warning stemming from it. There’s not much I could add that’s not already being covered, but I thought this image from the American West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center was interesting. They posted this map with estimated arrival times of tsunami waves generated by the 8.8 earthquake earthquake off the coast of Chile:
Even more interesting is the map they published of the path of energy distribution in the waves. It looks like Hawaii will dodge the worst of it:
The image above depicts wave height in centimeters.
I’m not posting direct links to these images at the center since I don’t want their server to be overwhelmed, so I’ve stored them locally.
It looks like the Aleutian islands may get some significant portion of this as will New Zealand.
The Tsunami Warning Center has a very detailed list of estimated arrival times for waves generated by Saturday’s 8.8 magnitude earthquake at many locations along the west coast of the United States. On the US West coast, the first waves to arrive will be in San Diego just after noon PST.
Newsflash: Nature has never been within our control.
This article at Livescience which MSNBC picked up was written by Jeanna Bryner,
Her apparent justification for the current headline:
“One scientist, however, says that relative to a time period in the past, the Earth has been more active over the past 15 years or so.”
Since the introduction of the Internet and proliferation of live global satellite news coverage, also in the past 15-20 years, we certainly do hear more about what goes on around the planet, often within minutes of occurrence. Does that mean the planet is getting more active? Not neccessarily, but you can draw the conclusion that are reporting system has improved dramatically during that period.