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8.2 Earthquake generates tsunami watch for parts of Pacific

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Coastal pacific areas near Chile are on tsunami watch, but any threat to the central Pacific Hawaiian Archipelago is still under evaluation.

The earthquake occurred at 1:47in the afternoon, Hawai`i time, off the coast of northern Chile.
The 8.2 magnitude earthquake was centered about 83 kilometers northwest of Iquique, Chile. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. Authoritis have ordered evacuation of Chile's low-lying coastal areas.

UPDATE: As of 6:30 Hawai`i Time, five are believed dead in Chile.

On this day, 68 years ago, Hawai`i was struck by a devastating tsunami which instigated the modern tsunami watch system for the vulnerable island chain.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center released the following statement:

000
WEHW42 PHEB 020035
TIBHWX
HIZ001>003-005>009-012>014-016>021-023>026-020235-

TSUNAMI INFORMATION STATEMENT NUMBER 3
NWS PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER EWA BEACH HI
235 PM HST TUE APR 01 2014

TO - CIVIL DEFENSE IN THE STATE OF HAWAII

SUBJECT - TSUNAMI INFORMATION STATEMENT

THIS STATEMENT IS FOR INFORMATION ONLY. NO ACTION IS REQUIRED AT
THIS TIME. HOWEVER... THE TSUNAMI THREAT TO HAWAII IS STILL
BEING EVALUATED.

AN EARTHQUAKE HAS OCCURRED WITH THESE PRELIMINARY PARAMETERS

ORIGIN TIME - 0147 PM HST 01 APR 2014
COORDINATES - 19.8 SOUTH 70.8 WEST
LOCATION - OFF THE COAST OF NORTHERN CHILE
MAGNITUDE - 8.2 MOMENT

EVALUATION

THE PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER HAS ISSUED AN EXPANDING
REGIONAL TSUNAMI WARNING AND WATCH FOR PARTS OF THE PACIFIC
LOCATED CLOSER TO THE EARTHQUAKE. 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.

IF TSUNAMI WAVES IMPACT HAWAII THEIR ESTIMATED EARLIEST ARRIVAL
TIME IS

0324 AM HST WED 02 APR 2014

FURTHER STATEMENTS WILL BE ISSUED HOURLY OR SOONER AS CONDITIONS
WARRANT UNTIL THE THREAT TO HAWAII HAS PASSED.

$$

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