Saturday, February 27, 2010

Breaking News: Massive Earthquake Stikes Chile; Tsunami hits Juan Fernandez Islands

A huge 8.8 magnitude earthquake hit central Chile, killing at least 78 people, and triggering a tsunami which has already hit the Juan Fernandez Islands and put Easter Island and the rest of the pacific on alert. From BBC News.
President Michelle Bachelet declared a "state of catastrophe"
[...]
Tsunami warnings have been issued for Hawaii, Australia, New Zealand, Central America and Pacific island nations.
[...]
She said a "wave of large proportion" had affected the Juan Fernandez island group, reaching halfway into one inhabited area. Two aid ships are reported to be on their way.

Ms Bachelet said that "high tidal waves" could also reach Easter Island soon.

And from MSNBC.com
Reuters reported that a tsunami caused by the quake caused "serious damage" to Chile's sparsely populated Juan Fernández Islands. Citing local police, CNN reported that the islands had been hit by a 40-meter (131 foot) wave.

Excess Baggage: Mark Carwardine

On this week's BBC Radio 4 travel programme "Excess Baggage", John McCarthy talks to Mark Carwardine. The program is available for streaming online for 7 days, but also as an MP3 podcast.
Zoologist and conservationist Mark Carwardine talks to John McCarthy about his life travelling to film, photograph and write about creatures which inhabit the deepest oceans or the dustiest plains. In 1990 he went in search of animals nearing extinction with Douglas Adams and more recently with Stephen Fry and, as an occasional leader of wildlife expeditions, he shares his thoughts on the ethics of animal tourism, ecology and the environment.