[100227, 1939 UTC, Neiafu, Vava'u Group, Kingdom of Tonga; 1839.46'S / 17358.92'W]

 

Dear Friends;

You may have already heard about the 26 February destructive magnitude 8.8 earthquake in Chile and the possibility of widespread tsunamis.

We received the news at 0300 27 February while in a remote island anchorage. We alerted those other people in the five boats in the anchorage and headed to deeper water, back to our mooring in Neiafu, Vava'u Tonga. We are safe and expect no difficulties.

Our concern is for our many friends who are either on boats near land or who live on land near the ocean and who may be affected by a tsunami. You people know who you are. Would you please notify us as soon as you can to let us know you are all right.

Your friends of the yacht Carina,

Philip, Leslie and fat cat, Jake