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Fri, 05 Mar 2010

Tsunami caused by Chilean earthquake detected in Santa Barbara Channel
The tsunami produced by the massive earthquake that struck Chile in February reached the coast of Santa Barbara ~14 hours after the event. The first tsunami waves appeared outside the harbor at about 12:45 p.m. on February 27 and continued for several hours. The waves were detected by a pressure sensor attached to a piling at a depth of 3 m on Stearns Wharf. The sensor is part of an instrument package maintained through a partnership of the SBC LTER, the Southern California Coastal Ocean Observing System (SCCOOS) and the Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans (PISCO). Other near real time observations from the sensor package at Stearns Wharf can be viewed through our Stearns Wharf data display. The full press release is available from the UCSB Public Affairs office: Tsunami signal, February 2010.
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