Hawaii under tsunami watch as 8.3 mag earthquake strikes Chile

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.