Tsunami Watch Declared

A magnitude 8.3 quake has occurred off the coast of Chile, causing the Pacific Tsunami Center to declare a tsunami watch for Hawaii.   According to the Center’s latest bulletin, the earliest a tsunami is expected to reach here, if one happens, is 3 a.m. tomorrow morning.

BASED ON ALL AVAILABLE DATA A TSUNAMI MAY HAVE BEEN GENERATED BY
THIS EARTHQUAKE THAT COULD BE DESTRUCTIVE ON COASTAL AREAS EVEN
FAR FROM THE EPICENTER. AN INVESTIGATION IS UNDERWAY TO DETERMINE
IF THERE IS A TSUNAMI THREAT TO HAWAII, read the latest update.

The center will be publishing hourly updates.

The tsunami that devastated Hilo in 1960 also originated off Chile’s Coast.  That quake was somewhat stronger, at M8.6.

 

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