HONOLULU, Hawaii – The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has issued an expanding regional tsunami warning and watch for parts of the Pacific located closer to the magnitude 8.0 earthquake off the coast of Northern Chile. UPDATE – The USGS now measures the earthquake at a magnitude 8.2.
The Center reports an evaluation of the Pacific-wide tsunami threat is underway and there is a possibility that Hawaii could be elevated to a watch or warning status.
Right now, a tsunami warning is in effect for Chile, Peru and Ecuador. A tsunami watch is in effect for Colombia, Panama and Costa Rica. No warnings or watches have been issued for Hawaii.
If tsunami waves impact Hawaii, their estimated earliest arrival time is 3:24 a.m. HST on Wednesday April 2nd. Further statements will be issued hourly or sooner as conditions warrant until the threat to Hawaii has passed.