Boston.com’s Big Picture site is already on the case.
8.8 Magnitude Earthquake in Chile sends tsunami 500mph barreling straight for Hawaii. The entire Pacific, including Oz and Japan, is under tsunami warning, although as I type they’ve already dialed the direst predictions about how big the wave will be down.
A tsunami after the magnitude-9.5 quake that struck Chile in 1960, the largest earthquake ever recorded, killed about 140 people in Japan, 61 in Hawaii and 32 in the Philippines. That tsunami was about 3.3 to 13 feet (one to four meters) in height, Japan’s Meteorological Agency said. The tsunami from Saturday’s quake was likely to be much smaller because the quake itself was not as strong.
Japanese public broadcaster NHK quoted earthquake experts as saying the tsunami would likely be tens of centimeters (inches) high and reach Japan in about 22 hours. A tsunami of 28 centimeters (11 inches) was recorded after a magnitude-8.4 earthquake near Chile in 2001.
Except she wrote that 3 hours ago, and one hour ago, BNO posted this on their Twitter:
8.2-foot #tsunami wave expected to strike Hilo, Hawaii, at 11:05 a.m. local time (4:05 p.m. ET) – Pacific Tsunami Warning Center
Update: According to the very small image attached to this article (currently the seventh one) it looks like the tsunami will hit the Hawaiian islands at the same time it’ll hit Puget Sound. I wonder what that would look like, if it turns out to be real…