CHILE–(ENEWSPF)–February 27, 2010. The death toll from this morning’s 8.8 magnitude earthquake in Chile has now risen to 147. Three of the deaths have been attributed to a tsunami wave hitting a Chilean coastal town.
Several aftershocks have been reported and felt as far away as Argentina. Major structural damage has occurred across the region. Power, water, and land-line telephones are out. The Santiago airport is expected to remain closed for the next 72 hours.
President Obama has stated that emergency aid is available to help Chile if needed.
Widespread tsunami warnings and advisories have been issued for the entire Pacific basin.
Alarms have been sounding in Hawaii warning residents to seek higher ground. Hilo International Airport has been closed in conjunction with preparation for the arrival of a possible tsunami. Currently, other state airports remain open and flight operations have not been affected.
Sources: CNN; Hilo International Airport