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.
SINCE the Chile earthquake hit, Ballina resident Sandra Godoy-Atkinson has kept logged on to Facebook, waiting for any word of the whereabouts of her uncle.
YEPPOON'S Brian Power and Debbie Mann were in Chile on the weekend when an 8.8 magnitude earthquake struck, killing hundreds nearby.
AT Evans Head they gathered at the Razorback Lookout in such numbers that some worried it might collapse under their wait.
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.