A tsunami alert for Australia's east coast followed a massive 8.8-magnitude earthquake on February 27, 2010, which struck off the coast of Chile, killing hundreds and toppling buildings.
YEPPOON'S Brian Power and Debbie Mann were in Chile on the weekend when an 8.8 magnitude earthquake struck, killing hundreds nearby.
DESPITE warnings to avoid the coast, thousands of people flocked to Point Danger and other local beaches to see an approaching tsunami.
SURF Life Saving patrol captain Phil Klein could do nothing but watch as swimmers ignored a tsunami threat for a dip in the ocean yesterday.
AUSTRALIA has all but escaped the wrath of a Pacific Ocean tsunami triggered by a devastating 8.8-magnitude earthquake that struck the coast of central Chile.