A tsunami alert was issued for the entire Pacific coast of Latin America after a massive 8.0 earthquake struck the coast of Chile.
The earthquake struck Tuesday evening at 8:46 p.m. local time and a tsunami alert was issued by authorities in Chile, Peru and Ecuador.
The estimated arrival times of the initial tsunami waves can be viewed below.
The weather website states: “THE ESTIMATED INITIAL ARRIVAL HOURS OF THE TSUNAMI WAVE TO THE POINTS PROVIDED IN THE WARNING AND WATCH ZONES ARE SHOWN BELOW. ACTUAL ARRIVAL TIMES MAY DIFFER AND THE INITIAL WAVE MAY NOT BE THE GREATEST. BETWEEN SUCCESSIVE WAVES MAY BE FROM FIVE MINUTES TO AN HOUR. “
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center also issued a warning for Colombia, Panama and Costa Rica.
The warning comes after a giant 6.3-foot wave was spotted off the Chilean port of Pisagua.
The tsunami is expected to strike just before midnight local time. Locals and residents began to evacuate.
The 8.0 earthquake was centered 50 miles from the coast of Chile with a depth of 6.2 miles.
Residents were called to immediately evacuate the Pacific coastal areas by the Chilean National Emergency Office of the Ministry of the Interior (ONEMI). “The SHOA (the hydrographic and oceanographic service of the Chilean Navy) has issued a tsunami warning. ONEMI is calling for the evacuation of the country’s coastal areas, ”ONEMI said.
The 8.0 earthquake in Chile follows the 5.1 earthquake that hit Los Angeles and the 4.8 earthquake in Yellowstone Park that hit the United States last week.