Earthquake today in Chile: Tsunami Warning issued for Latin America's pacific coast after 8.2 quake - Chile, Peru, and Ecuador

Published 02 April 2014  |  
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A tsunami warning has been issued for all of Latin America's pacific coast after a massive 8.0 earthquake hit the coast of Chile.

The earthquake hit Tuesday evening at 8.46 p.m. local time and a tsunami warning has been issued by officials for Chile, Peru, and Ecuador.

The estimated initial tsunami wave arrival times can be seen below.

The weather site states: "ESTIMATED INITIAL TSUNAMI WAVE ARRIVAL TIMES AT FORECAST POINTS WITHIN THE WARNING AND WATCH AREAS ARE GIVEN BELOW. ACTUAL ARRIVAL TIMES MAY DIFFER AND THE INITIAL WAVE MAY NOT BE THE LARGEST. A TSUNAMI IS A SERIES OF WAVES AND THE TIME BETWEEN SUCCESSIVE WAVES CAN BE FIVE MINUTES TO ONE HOUR."

Tsunami arrival times

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center also issued a warning for Colombia, Panama, and Costa Rica.

The warning comes after a giant 6.3 feet wave was spotted off the Chilian port of Pisagua.

The tsunami is expected to hit just before midnight local time. Locals and residents have begun evacuating.

The 8.0 earthquake was centered 50 miles from the coast of Chile with a depth of 6.2 miles.

Residents were called to immediately evacuate Pacific coastal areas by Chile's National Office of Emergency of the Interior Ministry (ONEMI). "SHOA (the Hydrographic and Oceanographic Service of the Chilean Navy) has issued a tsunami warning. ONEMI requests the evacuation of coastal areas in the country," ONEMI stated.

Chile's 8.0 earthquake follows the 5.1 quake that hit Los Angeles and 4.8 Yellowstone Park earthquake that hit the U.S. this past week.

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