A tsunami alert has been issued for Hawaii and other pacific islands following an 8.3 magnitude earthquake in Chile.
According to the USGS, on September 16, 2015 an M 8.3 earthquake 36 miles west of Illapel, Chile, occurred 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.
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.
A warning has been issued for the Hawaiian islands, including the Big Island. Hilo Bay, has been hit by several tsunamis over the years, including 1947 and 1963.
In 1963, 0ver 100 people perished when the most powerful earthquake ever recorded struck off Chile. Much of the fatalities occurred because people did not take heed the warning to evacuate as the mega wave approached, thinking that Hilo Bay was some how protected, because of the break wall and the bay.
That decision to stay proved to be deadly. If you live in areas that are slightly above sea level it is recommended that you seek much higher ground and grab only your most precious personal belongings.