National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration
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Magnitude 8.8 Earthquake Sends Tsunami Waves Across the Pacific Ocean

February 27, 2010

On February 27, 2010 a magnitude 8.8 earthquake off the coast of Chile sent tsunami waves across the Pacific Ocean. Tsunami scientists at NOAA's Center for Tsunami Research (NCTR) modeled this event in real-time to help determine when the waves would arrive and the impact they may have on various coastal communities including Hawaii and the U.S. West Coast.

Please visit NCTR's Chile tsunami page for a tsunami animation and more information on this event.