Video update here:
Animation of the Tsunami as it progressed (NOAA):
A noteworthy 8.2M (originally marked as an 8.0M) earthquake has struck off the shores of Chile.
Generating a tsunami watch and warning for multiple countries in South / Central America.
Waves as high as 6.5 feet reported in Chile, some areas may be higher, some may be lower.
Chile, Peru, and Ecuador under actual tsunami warnings still (as of 10pm CT April 1 2014)
All other areas the watches have been lifted. (as of 1000pm CT 4/1/2014)
“A powerful earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 8.2 struck off the coast of Chile tonight, strong enough to be felt nearly 300 miles away in the Bolivian capital, and triggering a tsunami that has already started hitting the coastline.
The quake, which was centered 61 miles west-northwest of Iquique, Chile, and was 6.21 miles deep, was initially measured at 8.0, but was later upgraded, the U.S. Geological Survey said.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said a six-foot tsunami that hit Pisagua, Chile, at 8:04 p.m. ET. There was some damage reported on roads linking northern towns between Iquique and Alto Auspicio, but it was immediately clear how much.
A tsunami alert was initially issued for Chile, Peru and Ecuador, but was later extended to Colombia and Panama. Tsunami watches were issued for Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico.
The warnings were later canceled for everywhere but Chile and Peru.
The shaking the quake caused in La Paz, Bolivia, was the equivalent of a 4.5-magnitude tremor, authorities there said.”
- 2014-04-01 23:46:46 UTC
- 2014-04-01 18:46:46 UTC-05:00 at epicenter
- 2014-04-01 18:46:46 UTC-05:00 system time
19.642°S 70.817°W depth=20.1km (12.5mi)
- 95km (59mi) NW of Iquique, Chile
- 139km (86mi) SSW of Arica, Chile
- 190km (118mi) SSW of Tacna, Peru
- 228km (142mi) SSE of Ilo, Peru
- 447km (278mi) SW of La Paz, Bolivia
Below is the most current South America Tsunami warning from the official US tsunami services:
000 WEPA40 PHEB 020235 TSUPAC TSUNAMI BULLETIN NUMBER 005 PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER/NOAA/NWS ISSUED AT 0235Z 02 APR 2014 THIS BULLETIN APPLIES TO AREAS WITHIN AND BORDERING THE PACIFIC OCEAN AND ADJACENT SEAS...EXCEPT ALASKA...BRITISH COLUMBIA... WASHINGTON...OREGON AND CALIFORNIA. ... A TSUNAMI WARNING AND WATCH ARE IN EFFECT ... A TSUNAMI WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR CHILE / PERU WARNING AND WATCH FOR ALL PREVIOUSLY NAMED AREAS ARE CANCELLED FOR ALL OTHER AREAS COVERED BY THIS BULLETIN... IT IS FOR INFORMATION ONLY AT THIS TIME. THIS BULLETIN IS ISSUED AS ADVICE TO GOVERNMENT AGENCIES. ONLY NATIONAL AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT AGENCIES HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO MAKE DECISIONS REGARDING THE OFFICIAL STATE OF ALERT IN THEIR AREA AND ANY ACTIONS TO BE TAKEN IN RESPONSE. AN EARTHQUAKE HAS OCCURRED WITH THESE PRELIMINARY PARAMETERS ORIGIN TIME - 2347Z 01 APR 2014 COORDINATES - 19.8 SOUTH 70.8 WEST DEPTH - 10 KM LOCATION - NEAR THE COAST OF NORTHERN CHILE MAGNITUDE - 8.2 MEASUREMENTS OR REPORTS OF TSUNAMI WAVE ACTIVITY GAUGE LOCATION LAT LON TIME AMPL PER ------------------- ----- ------ ----- --------------- ----- CALLAO LA-PUNTA PE 12.1S 77.2W 0158Z 0.12M / 0.4FT 38MIN SAN FELIX CL 26.3S 80.1W 0137Z 0.67M / 2.2FT 06MIN ARICA CL 18.5S 70.3W 0116Z 1.83M / 6.0FT 18MIN MATARANI PE 17.0S 72.1W 0127Z 0.58M / 1.9FT 08MIN PAPOSO CL 25.0S 70.5W 0125Z 0.26M / 0.9FT 22MIN PISAGUA CL 19.6S 70.2W 0055Z 2.01M / 6.6FT 12MIN MEJILLONES CL 23.1S 70.5W 0103Z 0.86M / 2.8FT 34MIN TOCOPILLA CL 22.1S 70.2W 0109Z 0.42M / 1.4FT 10MIN DART 32402 26.7S 74.0W 0044Z 0.05M / 0.2FT 44MIN ANTOFAGASTA CL 23.7S 70.4W 0034Z 0.25M / 0.8FT 18MIN PATACHE CL 20.8S 70.2W 0015Z 1.51M / 5.0FT 10MIN IQUIQUE CL 20.2S 70.1W 0005Z 2.11M / 6.9FT 12MIN LAT - LATITUDE (N-NORTH, S-SOUTH) LON - LONGITUDE (E-EAST, W-WEST) TIME - TIME OF THE MEASUREMENT (Z IS UTC IS GREENWICH TIME) AMPL - TSUNAMI AMPLITUDE MEASURED RELATIVE TO NORMAL SEA LEVEL. IT IS ...NOT... CREST-TO-TROUGH WAVE HEIGHT. VALUES ARE GIVEN IN BOTH METERS(M) AND FEET(FT). PER - PERIOD OF TIME IN MINUTES(MIN) FROM ONE WAVE TO THE NEXT. NOTE - DART MEASUREMENTS ARE FROM THE DEEP OCEAN AND THEY ARE GENERALLY MUCH SMALLER THAN WOULD BE COASTAL MEASUREMENTS AT SIMILAR LOCATIONS. EVALUATION SEA LEVEL READINGS INDICATE A TSUNAMI WAS GENERATED. IT MAY HAVE BEEN DESTRUCTIVE ALONG COASTS NEAR THE EARTHQUAKE EPICENTER AND COULD ALSO BE A THREAT TO MORE DISTANT COASTS. AUTHORITIES SHOULD TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION IN RESPONSE TO THIS POSSIBILITY. THIS CENTER WILL CONTINUE TO MONITOR SEA LEVEL DATA TO DETERMINE THE EXTENT AND SEVERITY OF THE THREAT. FOR ALL AREAS - WHEN NO MAJOR WAVES ARE OBSERVED FOR TWO HOURS AFTER THE ESTIMATED TIME OF ARRIVAL OR DAMAGING WAVES HAVE NOT OCCURRED FOR AT LEAST TWO HOURS THEN LOCAL AUTHORITIES CAN ASSUME THE THREAT IS PASSED. DANGER TO BOATS AND COASTAL STRUCTURES CAN CONTINUE FOR SEVERAL HOURS DUE TO RAPID CURRENTS. AS LOCAL CONDITIONS CAN CAUSE A WIDE VARIATION IN TSUNAMI WAVE ACTION THE ALL CLEAR DETERMINATION MUST BE MADE BY LOCAL AUTHORITIES. ESTIMATED INITIAL TSUNAMI WAVE ARRIVAL TIMES AT FORECAST POINTS WITHIN THE WARNING AND WATCH AREAS ARE GIVEN BELOW. ACTUAL ARRIVAL TIMES MAY DIFFER AND THE INITIAL WAVE MAY NOT BE THE LARGEST. A TSUNAMI IS A SERIES OF WAVES AND THE TIME BETWEEN SUCCESSIVE WAVES CAN BE FIVE MINUTES TO ONE HOUR. LOCATION FORECAST POINT COORDINATES ARRIVAL TIME -------------------------------- ------------ ------------ CHILE IQUIQUE 20.2S 289.9E 0002Z 02 APR ARICA 18.5S 289.7E 0011Z 02 APR ANTOFAGASTA 23.3S 289.6E 0017Z 02 APR CALDERA 27.1S 289.2E 0046Z 02 APR COQUIMBO 29.9S 288.6E 0111Z 02 APR VALPARAISO 33.0S 288.4E 0135Z 02 APR TALCAHUANO 36.7S 286.9E 0219Z 02 APR CORRAL 39.8S 286.5E 0251Z 02 APR GOLFO_DE_PENAS 47.1S 285.1E 0403Z 02 APR EASTER_ISLAND 27.1S 250.6E 0532Z 02 APR PUERTO_MONTT 41.5S 287.0E 0546Z 02 APR PERU MOLLENDO 17.1S 288.0E 0021Z 02 APR SAN_JUAN 15.3S 284.8E 0039Z 02 APR LA_PUNTA 12.1S 282.8E 0131Z 02 APR TALARA 4.6S 278.5E 0218Z 02 APR CHIMBOTE 9.0S 281.2E 0225Z 02 APR PIMENTAL 6.9S 280.0E 0250Z 02 APR BULLETINS WILL BE ISSUED HOURLY OR SOONER IF CONDITIONS WARRANT. THE TSUNAMI WARNING AND WATCH WILL REMAIN IN EFFECT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. THE U.S. NATIONAL TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER WILL ISSUE PRODUCTS FOR ALASKA...BRITISH COLUMBIA...WASHINGTON...OREGON...CALIFORNIA.