Saturday, March 12, 2011

Alert countries prepare for a possible tsunami

After the earthquake in Japan, Tsunami Warning Center Pacific warned of the risk of tsunamis in Japan, Russia, the Philippines, the Marianas, as well as Guam, Taiwan, Marshall Islands, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Micronesia, Hawaii ( EE. UU.), the West Coast, New Zealand and Australia. Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, Honduras, Chile, Ecuador, Colombia and Peru await the arrival of the tsunami, moving at a speed of 500 miles per hour between one and five in the morning Spanish time (between 16h.

and 20h. local time). The authorities have declared a state of emergency in all Central American countries, paralyzing the port activity and the evacuation of coastal areas. Readers correspondent of La Vanguardia. is living in these countries report the concern of the people, especially in Chile.

Boris Orellana and Juan Valenzuela explained that the public is still very aware of the earthquake on February 27 last year, which came days after an earthquake in Japan. Juan Valenzuela also translates the words of President Sebastián Piñera calling for calm and urging people to use extreme precautions.

Selín Carrasco said that nervousness is noticed in people and animals are restless. And Pere Gimenez shows that are starting to be queues in supermarkets, ATMs and gas stations. Chile also has very much suffered the consequences of the effects of the earthquake and tsunami just over a year ago, recalls Peter Jimenez.

In addition, hospitals are in the so-called "yellow zone" and, in anticipation of events will be evacuated the first floor. In Ecuador, Ivan Sierra reports that the president, Rafael Correa, has said that urges "the establishment of a regional organization dedicated to preventing and mitigating the effects of natural disasters." Some sectors of the population believe that the measures taken by the Government are exaggerated.

Ecuador no tsunamis recorded in the last 100 years. Still, the Government will maintain current alarm until the wave does not reach the coast. In Colombia, for the moment everything is quite calm and people are not afraid and is awaiting news of Japan. In the same line tells us José Jimenez, who explains that the Colombian government has broadcast every time a message of reassurance to the population.

However, Peru is on alert for tsunami and evacuate the population of the lower area, reports Joan Vilà, who is currently on the shores of the Pacific, 200 kilometers from the border with Chile. Kinast maximum tsunami reports that Lima will become a soft wave, at 8.30 pm Waves of a meter by meter and a half is what is expected.

It has not made an impact in the population or concern. "Frankly it's not news," he says. Antonio Altes said that in Mexico only rough seas are expected and that the wave does not exceed 1.5 meters in height on the west coast. According to Genaro Rodriguez in the Pacific coast are in operation and preventive measures have been evacuated several coastal towns.

Emmanuel Arocha informs us that the first surge of gravity was not expected. In a joint press conference with President Calderon's Civil Protection Coordination of Government, the port captain of the SCT, Rear Admiral Jose Luis Vergara, a spokesman for the Navy, said that according to the geographers of the Navy of Mexico the waves reached up to 70 cm high and 45 minutes down to 54 inches.

However, no alert is raised. In Panama, people are concerned that the authorities provide no information. Oriol Serra that television is the one that concentrates the information in real time: "In fact, in drafting are receiving thousands of calls from citizens requesting information as journalists call for calm." Masoliver Peter explains that the government has organized an emergency center in the province of Herrera, located on the Azuero Peninsula to prevent emergencies arising from the arrival of the tsunami.

Add requested to calm the population. Indonesia and New Zealand are also on alert but facing each country is different. The Indonesians are shown quiet, expectant watching the news on television, according to Placido López desdeYakarta. But in New Zealand in a panic some people "have had no better idea to flee the city center, which unfortunately is located near the port," explains Jose Miguel Machimbarrena from Auckland.

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