No immediate US tsunami threat from Chile quake

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

LOS ANGELES, Calif.--- U.S. officials say they've found no threat of a tsunami along the coasts of Alaska, California, Oregon or Washington after a major earthquake near Chile, but the danger to Hawaii is still under evaluation.

Bill Knight, a scientist at the National Tsunami Warning Center, says early data show that by the time waves generated by Tuesday night's magnitude-8.2 quake reach the West Coast, they'll be too small to pose any threat.

Hawaii faces greater potential danger, but analysts are still assessing the threat and no warning has been issued. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says if tsunami waves are generated, the earliest they'd hit Hawaii is 3:24 a.m. Wednesday Hawaii Standard Time.

Chilean authorities ordered an evacuation of coastal areas there in case of a tsunami.


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