The National Emergency Office (ONEMI) offered a press point after the order to abandon the beach area in Rapa Nui, the Juan Fernández Archipelago, Chilean Antarctica and San Félix Island, due to the arrival of a minor tsunami.
In this way, the deputy director of ONEMI, Claudio Aldea, explained that “people must leave the beach areas, coastal walks, coves, among others.”
“We reiterate that this is a preventive action that seeks to keep the population informed in the event of a possible minor event, that is, with a wave amplitude between 30 centimeters and one meter,” the authority specified.
At the moment, the reports indicate that people have complied with the instructions and have left the beach areas in a calm and orderly manner, he added.
“The response has been impeccable by the local population in the sense that people effectively left the beach area, the message reached the island without any problem,” he said.
For his part, the admiral of the Navy, Leonardo Chávez, explained that “what happened today has a technical explanation, produced by this volcanic eruption, monitoring begins together with international organizations (…) and that causes to generate the measurements and to detect that there is a smaller tsunami in development”.
“As a result of that, a scientific modeling is done that allows determining the hours and the approximate height in each of the sectors that have already been defined (…) based on that, this preventive alert was declared, which basically what it seeks is to prevent there may be an accident on the coastline,” said Chávez.
As determined, the minor tsunami is within the expected ranges, while 30 centimeters of tidal difference is recorded, which speaks of a minor tsunami. “We are talking about a minor effect of the wave in that sector,” he assured.
“Our call is for people to exercise caution, hopefully these events will not be observed, which may be imperceptible to the human eye, but could in some places (…) be able to have a slightly more extreme event,” he emphasized. .