Hawaii, Pacific Basin braces for tsunami

by Eric on February 27, 2010

Early Saturday morning, a magnitude 8.8 earthquake struck off the coast of Chile near the town of Maule. The earthquake generated a tsunami, and much of the Pacific Basin was placed on alert for a possibly severe tsunami.

The initial reports from Chile are sketchy, and indicate moderate damage from the quake and tsunami. Officially, 147 people are reported killed. The epicenter is 200 miles from Santiago, Chile.

While the US West Coast is only under an advisory (below watch and warning), the State of Hawaii is under a tsunami warning, with the initial wave expected to arrive at 11:05am HST. Wave heights in the Hawaii are projected to be potentially as high as 8ft. at Hilo, HI.

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