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Earthquake in Chile

Warning in American Samoa, Guam | 1:37 p.m.

NOAA is telling NBC News that anybody in Guam or American Samoa needs to get to higher ground because they are in the warning area.  NOAA wants to reiterate that the warning area is serious.

Tsunami travel times | 1:29 p.m. ET

This NOAA graphic explains how they can forecast the tsunami in Hawaii so far in advance.

Click here to enlarge and here to see a quicktime movie of the animation.

Twitcaps also has this visualization of twitter photos relating to the quake.

Prisoners escape? | 1:18 P.M. ET

Local media is reporting that a wall in the El Cerezo prison in Chillan allowed 209 criminals to escape. About 60 more inmates tried to flee but were recaptured. Approximately 600 other inmates are being transferred to a unit in Concepcion.

Today's Chile quake and its relationship to 1960 event by Robert Bazell | 1:09 p.m. ET

Today's earthquake is 150 miles south of the largest earthquake ever
recorded  -- a 9.5 on May 22, 1960. Scientists say the two events are
related.  The 1960 quake killed 1655 people and caused a devastating
tsunami in Hilo, Hawaii. 

Both quakes occurred at the intersection of
the Nzca plate (an Aztec word for a part of the larger Pacific plate)
and the South American plate


FEMA Statement on Tsunami
from Craig Fugate, FEMA administrator | 1:04 p.m. ET

"FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security are closely monitoring the situation, and officials are in close contact with the State of Hawaii and the U.S. territories in the Pacific Ocean that could be impacted by a potential tsunami. FEMA stands ready to assist should a request for assistance be made, and does have pre-deployed assets in Hawaii, including food, water, generators and other resources. We urge all individuals to follow the direction provided by local officials."

Concerns for Concepcion
from the Associated Press | 12:56 p.m. ET

In Concepcion, Chile's second-largest city and only 70 miles (115 kilometers) from the epicenter, nurses and residents pushed the injured through the streets on stretchers. Others walked around in a daze wrapped in blankets, some carrying infants in their arms.
A 15-story building collapsed, leaving only a few floors intact.

 "I was on the 8th floor and all of a sudden I was down here," said Fernando Abarzua, marveling that he escaped with no major injuries. He said a relative was still trapped in the rubble six hours after the quake, "but he keeps shouting, saying he's OK."

NOAA buoys detect tsunami in Peru filed by Robert Bazell, NBC Science Correspondent | 12:44 p.m.

After the Indonesian Tsunami, NOAA installed more buoys at sea to detect tsunamis.  A buoy off Lima, Peru has  detected a 9-inch tsunami.

Scientists say that  small size is NOT necessarily reassuring because the depth of the ocean and the structure of the ocean floor can greatly influence the size of a tsunami

Information from the U.S. military
, filed by Jim Miklasewski | 12:21 p.m. ET

U.S. military officials say Chile has still not formally sought any US military assistance in response to the earthquake, "and frankly we don't expect them to ask."

As for the tsunami, U.S. Navy officials say they're expecting only a two 2-foot surge to hit the islands within hours.

As a result they have evacuated two military housing complexes on the Island of Oahu "as a precaution."  The Navy is NOT removing any ships from ports and sending them out to sea.

Update as of 1:11 p.m. ET:  The U.S. Navy will redeploy 4 ships out of port in Hawaii to open waters as a precaution against the approaching tsunami.

The two military housing complexes on the Island of Oahu were evacuated.

Olympic athletes in Chile head home | 11:52 p.m. ET

Chile's athletes and coaches are planning to skip the Olympic closing
ceremonies following a magnitude-8.8 earthquake that has devastated
their country.

Team spokesman Luis Alberto Santa Cruz said Saturday morning that the
athletes and coaches are trying to get home from Vancouver as soon as
possible because of the quake.

Chile has three Alpine skiers representing the country at the Vancouver
Games. Noelle Barahona, Maui Gayme and Jorge Mandru are all finished
competing, so they won't miss any remaining events.

Santa Cruz says that some of the coaches and athletes have been able to
reach family and so far, they have found out that their loved ones are
fine. Some are still trying to make contact.

Evacuation in Hawaii | 11:54 p.m. ET

Senators Daniel K. Inouye and Daniel K. Akaka are urging Hawaii residents to remain calm, listen to the news and follow evacuation orders after a 8.8 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Chile generated a tsunami expected to affect all coastlines in the Hawaii islands.

"We have not had voluntary tsunami evacuations in Hawaii since 1994 so this is a serious event.  If you live in an evacuation zone I urge you to gather your family and please leave the area," said Senator Inouye.  "It is important to remain calm, listen to the news, and follow the instructions being issued by state and county civil defense officials."

"This is not something to take lightly," said Senator Akaka. "I encourage all to stay calm, follow the directions of our State Civil Defense, and stay away from all shorelines."

The first waves are expected to hit the Big Island at 11:19 a.m. and the estimated arrival time for Honolulu is 11:25 a.m., according to the warning center. Some areas of Hawaii could see an initial 10 to 15 foot rise and waves could continue for at least six hours according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning cCnter.

Evacuation maps and information is available on the Tsunami Warning Center's Web site, but individuals on Twitter are alerting each other about not crowding the servers by needlessly hitting the site.