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February 27th, 2010
04:38 AM ET

Ahead on CNN Saturday Morning....

We are following breaking news. Central Chile has been rocked by an 8.8 magnitude earthquake. We're told there have been six deaths, but that number is expected to increase as we learn more information. If you know someone in Chile or if you are looking for a loved one please share that with us on our blog. Our CNN crews are on top of this breaking news and we will bring you the latest information as we get it into our newsroom. Watch CNN Saturday Morning starting at 6am ET/3am PT.

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  1. Heather deAvalon

    Is there any word on the volcano that was getting ready to erupt in Chile?

    February 27, 2010 at 6:29 am |
  2. weray

    seems like the frequency of earthquakes is increasing

    February 27, 2010 at 8:16 am |
  3. Gene Deffenbaugh

    Considering the quake in Chili; the tsunami warning in the Pacifc Basin; and the wrap around effect into bays, etc. you might find out about the US Navy Fleet that is currently berthed in Pearl Harbor. Is the Navy starting to move the ships out to sea?"

    February 27, 2010 at 8:48 am |
  4. Ed in Massachusetts

    Aren't there Volcanoes in that area too? Did the quake do anything to the Volcanoes status? Certainly hope not, but I haven't seen anything mentioned.

    February 27, 2010 at 8:53 am |
  5. bonnie

    how high is water wave coming off chile and will it billed and how bad will it be when it reaches hawaii wct

    February 27, 2010 at 9:18 am |
  6. Mick Sheedy

    In tthe past 10 years I have built 5 high rise buildings in CA, and I can tell you, buildings here in the US westcoast are not designed for an 8.8 magnitude!! The low 8's is considered worst case scenario. This could unfold to be catastrophic for all buildings/structures.

    February 27, 2010 at 9:20 am |
  7. Gwen

    How will the tsunamie effect the Galapagos Islands? Did the earthquake effect the islands? Can your expert from the local university provide some insight? We are very curious. Thanks for your work

    February 27, 2010 at 9:23 am |
  8. Will

    The PGA Nationwide Tour is in Panama City this weekend. Are they under the tsunami watch?

    February 27, 2010 at 9:25 am |
  9. nick romano

    Is there a way to get in contact with family members that were affected by chili's earthquake??

    February 27, 2010 at 10:12 am |
  10. Jane Caldwell

    Our daughter, Emily Pozo and husband, Mauricio, live in Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz, Galapagos Islands. She phoned this morning @ 6:30 to tell us they were leaving for the highlands (they arrived), before the tsunami hit.

    Has the tsunami hit the Galapagos? Her phone and internet of course, are ineffective right now. Do you know anything about that area?

    February 27, 2010 at 10:31 am |
  11. Jenny

    Are you correctly pronouncing the word: Chile??

    February 27, 2010 at 10:32 am |
  12. Erica

    Where is Abby Sunderland, the teen sailing around the world solo?

    February 27, 2010 at 10:35 am |
  13. michael armstrong sr.

    With all these sleeping seismic zone events coming awake should we be worried about the New Madrid seismic zone .

    February 27, 2010 at 10:58 am |
  14. michael armstrong sr.

    Have fun keeping the surfers away time to hang ten narly dudes .

    February 27, 2010 at 11:09 am |
  15. D.Mendlik

    did the killer whales knew something about the coming earthquake??? the animals have this gift....

    February 27, 2010 at 11:13 am |
  16. Flavia Pawlowsky

    Hi CNN reporters and newscomentators. Am watching your Cnn news on the earthquake and tsunami warnings. I just heard that Hawaii has had evacuation warnings and I just can't picture where the people are supposed to evacuate to???????? Isn't Hawaii an island and all of the other properties islands? How does an evacuation work on the islands? Can you expand on this requirement of all concerned? Where do they go and how do they get there? Thank you, very concerned person for all who have to experience this horrible time.

    February 27, 2010 at 11:21 am |
  17. Susan Horn

    I find it interesting that the US is so quick to help foreign countries from disasters, but not, or slow at it, helping their own, for example, Katrina. Shame on you America for your less than acceptable help for the people of Louisiana when they needed it most.

    February 27, 2010 at 12:30 pm |
  18. JoAnn Smith

    Could you please give the definitional perameters of a tsunami? What determines calling it a tsunami rather than a rogue wave, high tide etc. Is the heigth? the cfause? the speed? the wave action? All of the above?


    February 27, 2010 at 12:32 pm |
  19. p. oliver

    Please control rick sanchez, he is awful. He shows no respect to his co anchor or your guests!!!

    February 27, 2010 at 12:36 pm |
  20. Dan

    I have changed my channel from CNN since your anchor is so rude to his co anchor and other co workers. get this guy off the air. I don't tune in to hear arguments but to hear news.

    February 27, 2010 at 12:57 pm |
  21. Dan

    I'm watching the CNN NewsRoom right now and the interaction between the on-air staff in the studio isn't good. The male next to the woman is grandstanding and arrogant and the man doing the science part using graphics is doing a great job. You will lose viewers if this troubling dynamic continues. It is very clear that there is bad karma in the newsroom.

    February 27, 2010 at 12:59 pm |
  22. Garry Wotton

    I would like to know will this Tsaunami affect the Olympics at Vancouver Canada?

    February 27, 2010 at 1:25 pm |
  23. Anymous person

    I would rather hear different interesting news briefs instead of anchors constantly reading comments about what people think. I don't care what other people think. I just want to hear the headline news.

    February 27, 2010 at 1:51 pm |
  24. Grayeagle

    With all the Horror that has hit Chile, has anyone checked on the two "Volcano's" in Chile that are active? Planchon-Peteroa this one sits between Constitucion and Santiago. She was code "Orange" The other is Chaiten whitch is farther south.This one was code "Red" They really don't need this.

    February 27, 2010 at 2:47 pm |
  25. jmcmillan

    you need to research the hilo tsunami museum instead of glossing over previous tragedies.

    February 27, 2010 at 2:54 pm |
  26. Grayeagle

    If the two Volcano's are erupting they may hinder much needed air support to Chile.

    February 27, 2010 at 3:11 pm |
  27. Mz

    CNN should follow MSNBC coverage of the tsunami. CNN spent too much time on the quake not enough on the pending tsunami this afternoon. The tsunami is the story now. I expected to see the familiar newsroom anchors on early this afternoon not the international anchors for such an important story, possible disaster about to strike the US.

    February 27, 2010 at 3:14 pm |
  28. profguyinmass

    Rick Sanchez was just so rude to the meteorologist on television. The meteorologist and the other anchor looked appalled and shocked. Get rid of him already, he is awful!

    February 27, 2010 at 3:59 pm |
  29. Liliana Cunningham

    Please get rid of that ego maniac Rick Sanchez from the Sunami/esrthquake coverage.. his approach is insulting

    February 27, 2010 at 4:00 pm |
  30. Rob

    Who is this blithering idiot standing in front of the Hawaii map talking with his hands about the approaching tsunami? Why are you filling up air time with his inane blabbering? His so-called "reporting" is a waste of time.

    February 27, 2010 at 4:01 pm |
  31. Janice Speth

    The fellow who is announcing news about tsumani in Hawai iis the rudest SOB I have ever seen on CNN. My family and I were appalled at his rudeness.

    February 27, 2010 at 4:02 pm |
  32. J. Wembly

    Watching CNN Live re: Tsunami. Male co-anchor (don't know his name - standing in front of map screen w/woman co-anchor) is geographically illiterate, speaking at almost a panic pitch. Shocked at his ignorance, staggering lack of science knowledge/understanding. regarding most basic principles. Embarrasing to watch. I'm switching channels. 12:59 PST, 2/27/10

    February 27, 2010 at 4:03 pm |
  33. Lynn Gardner

    I love that you did not falter from this news the whole day like the other channels did. What I am disappointed in is the first chance in my life to see a Tsunami and you were showing the reef with the 3rd wave starting to hit and the reef was starting to cover and you went away from that and went back to Chile and then to commercials. I feel that you should have continued the coverage in Hawaii until the next surge went then go to Chile and a commercial before the next surge hit. Not during the waves. Keep up the coverage of everything though. You guys are great.

    February 27, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  34. A. Smith, Oregon

    A powerful earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.9 rattled Japan's southern islands early Saturday, injuring two and initially prompting fears of a tsunami.

    There were no reports of serious damage from the quake, believed to be the strongest in a century to hit Japan's southern Okinawa Island. Japan's Kyodo news agency said two people were hurt, but there were no reports of any deaths.

    The quake occurred off the coast of the island of Okinawa at a depth of 6.2 miles (10 kilometers) at 5:31 a.m. Saturday (2031 GMT Friday), the Meteorological Agency said.

    February 27, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  35. Clentz

    We have family working in American Samoa. They were awoken around 4 am and moved to higher ground. They are as isolated as Hawaii. Is there any reports from Samoa?

    February 27, 2010 at 5:54 pm |
  36. Timothy

    While earthquakes occur all the time all over the world, there is a larger question that needs answering.

    Why are these earthquakes occurring with increasing frequencies and more intensity?

    February 27, 2010 at 10:18 pm |
  37. Scott Hepper

    Betty, I am no stranger to quakes...I lived through the devastating 71 LA Quake in Sylmar and was on the 41st floor of Embarcadero one during the 89 San Francisco Quake. I am NO geologist but it seems like these quakes come in "3's"...The plates shift and quake in one place, seem to "readjust in a second place and often "adjust again" in a guess would be in China, Indonesia or Japan. I am no geologist but is there any validity to this or is it just my post traumatic quake nerves flaring up.
    Scott Hepper
    St Louis MO

    February 28, 2010 at 8:08 am |
  38. Jeannette Hedgecock

    There is a little coastal town in the VIII region in Chile, its name is Coliumo. My friends Robert and Sonia Lee which are American citizen are missing from this town (their permanent resident is Salinas CA). The town is inaccessible and no one knows about them. The Chilean TV said that the area is devastated and they can not confirm yet what happened to their habitants.
    We are still waiting for info from the State Department.

    February 28, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  39. Hector McCrary

    I am a friend of the Family.. We are searching for Robert and Sonia Lee. Any information of aid reliefs or contact areas please post up.... Any help is appreciated. Robert Lee. is a very tall, thin and loving Caucasian male fluent in Spanish. His Wife Sonia, short in stature and has hard time walking, she is a Chile native. Both are American citizens, parents and friends. Please keep them and their two daughters which are also searching for their parents, in your prayers. Thank you. -Hector McCrary

    March 2, 2010 at 6:11 pm |
  40. Hector McCrary

    Just got word from Family.. THEY ARE OK!.. Thank you god!

    March 2, 2010 at 6:14 pm |