Officials Think about Issuing Tsunami Warning for Hawaii

A tsunami warning could be issued for Hawaii due to a magnitude 8. earthquake that struck on Tuesday off the coast of Chile, U.S. officials stated.

If tsunami waves attain Hawaii they would strike at 3:24 a.m. (9:24 a.m. ET) local time on Wednesday, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center stated in a statement.

The earthquake off Chile produced a tsunami that hit the northern portion of the country and led officials to problem a tsunami warning for all of South and Central America’s Pacific coast.

“An evaluation of the Pacific wide tsunami threat is underway and there is a chance that Hawaii could be elevated to a view or warning status,” the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.

There is currently no tsunami warning, observe or advisory in result for Hawaii, according to the center’s website.

(Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis Editing by Toni Reinhold)

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