An 8.2-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Chile at 8:05 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported, and reports indicate that the quake created a possible tsunami. The quake epicenter was 50 miles west-northwest of Iquique at a depth of six miles.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued an expanding regional tsunami warning and watch along the Pacific coast. They are evaluating the potential, but for now a tsunami warning is in effect for Chile, Peru and Ecuador. A tsunami watch was issued for Colombia, Panama, Nicaragua and Costa Rica, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. They are also looking at the possibility of issuing a warning for Hawaii. It is estimated that any tsunami waves would not hit the state until after 3 a.m. on April 2 Hawaiian time. Residents are urged to stay tuned.
By Dyanne Weiss