Post-Earthquake Tsunami Alerts for Chile and Hawaii

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A magnitude-8.3 earthquake struck central Chile Wednesday night, shaking buildings and sending aftershocks rippling through the region within minutes.

Chile has issued a tsunami alert for the country’s entire coast, and cities along the water have been evacuated.  The United States has issued a tsunami watch for Hawaii. A potential tsunami could reach Chile in the next few hours, and Hawaii by 2:30 a.m., CBS News reports.

At least two people are dead and 10 are injured in Chile as a result of the quake, the AFP reports. The AP says several buildings have collapsed in the city of Illapel.

A couple hours after the quake hit, the National Weather Service issued a tsunami advisory for several coastal cities in California:

We’ll update this story as we learn more.