UPDATE, 3:40pm HST: The Maui News is reporting that disaster officials are still evaluating the tsunami threat to Hawaii and hope to announce their report by 5pm.
At 1:47pm Hawaii time, an 8.2 earthquake struck Chile, about 62 miles off the coast of Iquique, according to the most recent Pacific Tsunami Warning Center report available. A tsunami warning and watch immediately went into effect for the South American nations nearby.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center on Oahu is currently evaluating the possibility that the quake generated tsunami waves that would reach Hawaii. KHON2 is reporting that, “At 2:30 p.m., an official with the Center said the earthquake will likely not affect Hawaii, but an advisory may still be issued.”
If such waves were generated, then they would hit Hawaii at approximately 3:24am on Wednesday, Apr. 2.
For the latest tsunami information and warnings, visit the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center here.