An 8.2-magnitude earthquake violently shook ocean floor offshore northern Chile Tuesday night, triggering a minor tsunami that struck its Pacific coast. It is now pulsing westward, gently raising seas in Hawaii.
NOAA’s Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (part of the National Weather Service) generated this model of the event:
Seawater flooded city streets and washed away some fishing boats in Iquique, but by early Wednesday no major tsunami damage was apparent
The tsunami warnings previously in effect for parts of the Central and South America Pacific coasts were called off at 2 a.m., reports the Washington Post.
While the tsunami has not proven destructive, its parent earthquake claimed 6 lives in Chile.
As the tsunami propagates westward, an advisory remains in effect for Hawaii through 8 a.m. local time (2 p.m. ET) but seas are only slightly elevated – less than one foot above normal.
Tsunami waves impacting Hawaii right now but sea level rise is less than a foot above normal: http://t.co/ArSh3RTBLx— Brad Nitz (@BradNitzWSB) April 2, 2014
In an abundance of caution, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center is advising people to stay away from the water.
No effect from the tsunami is expected along the Pacific coast in North America.