A Tsunami Advisory has been issued for the state of Hawaii effective at 0323 PM HST. An 8.3M earthquake struck 36 miles west of Illapel, Chile, occurring as the result of thrust faulting on the interface between the Nazca and South America plates in Central Chile. The depth of the earthquake was 5.2 miles.
“Widespread hazardous tsunami waves are possible” along the coastline of Chile and Peru, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said, and a tsunami watch is in effect for the Hawaii islands and other islands in the pacific.
A 15.1 foot tsunami has been reported in Coquimbo.
The National Weather Service in Honolulu has just issued a Tweet warning residents of Hawaii.
Update: Hawaii under a Tsunami Advisory. No major tsunami expected for the state. However, sea level changes and strong currents may occur.
— NWSHonolulu (@NWSHonolulu) September 17, 2015
The Associated Press reported, the quake swayed buildings and sent people into the streets.
According to CBS, Officials ordered people to evacuate low-lying areas along the 2,400 miles of Chile’s Pacific shore, from Puerto Aysen in the south to Arica in the north. Cars streamed inland carrying people to higher ground.
If tsunami waves impact Hawaii, the estimated earliest arrival of the first tsunami wave is 3:11 a.m. HST on Thursday, September 17. Currently, forecasters say waves of 0.3 to 1 meter above the tide level are possible.
For travel safety tips for visitors to the Hawaiian islands, please visit the Hawaii Tourism Authority’s Travel Smart Hawaii website.
For more information on this earthquake check out the USGS official earthquake page.