March 25th, 2010
09:13 AM ET

Chile sacks navy officer who did not warn about tsunami

Chilean President Sebastian Pinera has fired the naval officer in charge of the agency that failed to warn of an upcoming tsunami after an 8.8 magnitude earthquake February 27, the country's defense minister said.

Mariano Rojas, who was in charge of the Navy Hydrological and Oceanographic Service, was recommended for retirement in a navy report on the quake given Wednesday to Pinera, defense minister Jaime Ravinet said. The president accepted the recommendation.

More than 300 people died in the earthquake, many of them in a tsunami that roared ashore in southern Chile after the temblor.

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  1. Navyguy

    Where is the command responsibility-if he was fired shouldn't someone higher up been sanctioned as well?

    March 25, 2010 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  2. josh

    i say he should have been on his job this could ha been prevented

    March 25, 2010 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jordan

    I think he should've warned them if he knew. They could've been more prepared in that case.

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