The earthquake in Chili on February 27th, 2010, caused massive damage within the country, but also generated a massive tsunami across the Pacific Ocean. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Center for Tsunami Research created the animation below of the tsunami as it traveled across the Pacific.
With regards to the saying that a picture is worth more than a thousand words, I must say that an animation of science data is worth more than the data used to create it.
On Febuary 27th 2010 a massive tsunami was generated by a Mw 8.8 earthquake (35.846°S, 72.719°W ), at 06:34 UTC, 115 km (60 miles) NNE of Concepcion, Chile. The tsunami was first recorded at DART® buoy 32412. Forecast results shown below were created with the NOAA forecast method using MOST model with the tsunami source inferred from DART® data. The tsunami waves first arrived at Valparaiso, Chile (approximately 330 km northeast from earthquake epicenter ) earlier than other tide gages, at 0708UTC, about 34 minutes after the earthquake.
All I could think as I watched it was, “I bet Australians are glad New Zealand could ‘break’ the tsunami for them before it hit their eastern coast!” Well, the non-surfers, anyway.