An 8.3 magnitude earthquake in Chile has put Hawaii under a tsunami watch as of 1:08pm this afternoon.
According to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, based on all available data a tsunami may have been 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.
The Pacific Tsunami warning center reports that based on all available data, a tsunami may have been generated by this earthquake that could be destructive on coastal areas even from the epicenter. An investigation is under way to determine if there is a tsunami threat to Hawaii. IF tsunami waves impact Hawaii, the earliest estimated arrival of the first tsunami wave is 3:11am, Thursay (9/17)
Here’s the statement from Hawaii County Civil Defense:
This is a Tsunami Watch Information update for Wednesday September 16th at 1:45PM.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has issued a Tsunami Watch for the State of Hawaii effective 1:24PM this afternoon. An earthquake with a magnitude of 8.3 occurred off the coast of Chile. A Tsunami Watch means that an earthquake has occurred with a magnitude that could possibly generate a destructive tsunami. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center continues to monitor the event and evaluate all data to confirm if a destructive Pacific Wide tsunami has been generated. If a destructive Tsunami has been generated the estimated time of initial arrival in Hawaii is 3:06 AM tomorrow morning.
We’ll have more details as they come in.. keep tuned to your radio for the latest information.