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No Immediate US Tsunami Threat from Chile Earthquake

Updated: 04/01/2014 8:25 PM
Created: 04/01/2014 8:07 PM KAALtv.com

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

The director of the National Weather Service's West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center, says the greatest potential threat from Tuesday night's quake is to Hawaii, but analysts aren't yet issuing a watch or warning.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake with a magnitude of 8.2 struck in an area that has been rocked by numerous quakes over the past two weeks.

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

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.
 

There are no immediate reports of injuries or damage. The latest tremor shook buildings in parts of the nearby nations of Bolivia and Peru.


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