6-Foot Waves Hit Chile After 8.2 Quake

Hawaii could possibly see a tsunami, but no watch or warning issued yet
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 1, 2014 8:18 PM CDT
6-Foot Waves Hit Chile After 8.2 Quake
   (AP Photo)

A powerful magnitude-8.2 earthquake struck off Chile's northern coast tonight, and officials ordered an evacuation of coastal areas before an expected tsunami; waves measuring almost 6.5 feet already were striking cities on the coast, and authorities said a tsunami was expected to come ashore later. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage from the tremor, which also shook buildings in parts of nearby Peru and Bolivia, and local TV images showed residents evacuating calmly.

The US Geological Survey said the quake struck 61 miles northwest of Iquique at 8:46pm, hitting a region that has been rocked by numerous quakes over the past two weeks. US officials say they've found no imminent threat of a tsunami along the coasts of Hawaii, Alaska, California, Oregon, or Washington. Paul Whitmore, the director of the National Weather Service's West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center, says the greatest potential threat is to Hawaii, but analysts aren't yet issuing a watch or warning. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says if tsunami waves are generated, the earliest they'd hit Hawaii is 3:24am Hawaii Standard Time. (More earthquake stories.)

Get breaking news in your inbox.
What you need to know, as soon as we know it.
Sign up
Get the news faster.
Tap to install our app.
Install the Newser News app
in two easy steps:
1. Tap in your navigation bar.
2. Tap to Add to Home Screen.