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Japan on alert for tsunami waves February 28, 2010 12:21 AM

A tsunami more than one metre (3 feet) high has hit Japan's northern Pacific coast, nearly 24 hours after the powerful earthquake in Chile. Hundreds of thousands of people were evacuated from coastal amid predictions that waves up to 3m high could strike. Other Pacific nations have been hit by waves, but in most areas the danger is thought to have passed. In Chile, the town of Talcahuano was badly damaged while five people were killed on the Juan Fernandez islands. Fishing boats there were thrown out of the water in Talcahuano, and port facilities were damaged by a wave that US scientists said was 2.34m high. The town lies about 115km (70 miles) south-west of the epicentre of Saturday's powerful earthquake. Large waves struck Chile's Juan Fernandez island group, reaching halfway into one inhabited area and killing five people. Several more are missing. Two aid ships are reported to be on their way. Well prepared Warning systems across the Pacific have improved since the 2004 Indonesia quake sparked a tsunami that killed nearly 250,000 people. Nations and regions affected by the Pacific "Ring of Fire" all sounded alerts, trying to estimate the anticipated time of arrival of any tsunami following the earthquake, which struck on Saturday at 0634 GMT. The first tsunami waves to reach Japan were reported to be just 10cm high, with a wave of 90cm following. Officials have warned that higher waves could follow and the warning remains in place. The BBC's Roland Buerk in Tokyo says Japan has experienced many earthquakes of its own and is well prepared for disasters. More than 300,000 people in areas at risk were ordered to move to higher ground, train services running along the coast were suspended and steel gates across fishing harbours were shut. In 1960 about 140 people were killed by a tsunami in Japan after a major earthquake in Chile. Thousands of people also left coastal areas of the Philippines after warnings of a possible tsunami were spread by text message. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center had warned of "widespread damage" across the region following Saturday's quake, but later said waves were not as high as predicted. A geophysicist at the centre, Gerard Fryer, told the BBC that the tsunami's impact was small because the earthquake occurred in shallow water. The earthquake was "big enough to do significant damage, but not big enough to do anything large in the far field", he said. 'Ordinary stormy day' Part of the Marquesas Islands in French Polynesia were hit by a 4m (13ft) wave, but no casualties were reported. In Tahiti, the tsunami waves were smaller, causing little damage. New Zealand's Chatham Islands were hit by a wave of 1.5m and areas along the main North and South Islands experienced small surges with no reports of casualties or serious damage. The tsunami warning has been downgraded there but the emergency management department spokesman said there could still be waves of up to 3m. Sirens were sounded in Hawaii to alert residents to the tsunami threat several hours before waves were expected. The first waves hit about 2200 GMT on Saturday, after water began moving away from the shore at Hilo Bay on the Big Island before returning. But correspondents say that, although 8ft (2.5m) waves had been predicted, the islands experienced nothing noticeably different from an ordinary stormy day. Hawaiian officials later lifted the tsunami warning. Despite Australian warnings of "possible dangerous waves, strong ocean currents and foreshore flooding" on the east coast, swimmers and surfers flocked to Sydney's Bondi beach. Story from BBC NEWS:

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 August 31, 2008 7:54 AM

Does any one think this might effect the RNC?

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hurricane Gustave August 31, 2008 7:50 AM

Gulf Coast Residents Flee as Hurricane Gustav Nears
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MIAMI, Florida (CNN) -- As residents fled the Gulf Coast, Hurricane Gustav bore down on the southern Gulf of Mexico, closing in on areas still trying rebuild after 2005's Hurricane Katrina.
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 July 22, 2008 3:45 AM

Speech of the Week - Gore's Energy Challenge: 'The Future of Human Civilization Is at Stake'

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"I challenge our nation to commit to producing 100 percent of our electricity from renewable energy and clean carbon-free sources within 10 years. . ."
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Care2 Weather News to Note/Comment July 22, 2008 2:50 AM

Tropical Storm Dolly Nears Hurricane Force

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"Forecasters issued a hurricane warning on Tuesday as Tropical Storm Dolly churned over the Gulf of Mexico, threatening to grow into a hurricane within 24 hours near the Mexico-Texas border. . ."
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