A powerful magnitude 8.3 earthquake has struck off the coast of Chile.
It caused buildings to sway as people flooded into the streets for safety.
Several aftershocks have hit.
There are no immediate reports of injuries or any damage.
Officials say earthquakes of this size are known to generate tsunamis potentially dangerous to coasts outside of the source region, so it’s monitoring the situation near British Columbia/ Alaska/ Washington/ Oregon and California.
However, the probability of a tsunami this far up the West Coast is low.
Scott Langley with the National Tsunami Warning Centre says it’s early in the analysis — but says BC likely won’t see waves over a quarter of a meter.
“What we’re seeing is sub-advisory levels for the West coast of Canada, Alaska and the United States. Any waves that do arrive here probably won’t be here for another 15 hours.”
Langley says the real danger is on the West Coast of South America — with waves of up to three meters already reported in Chile.
Chilean authorities issued a tsunami alert for the country’s entire coast, and U.S. officials posted an alert for Hawaii.
Chile’s emergency office warned that big waves caused by the quake could hit the coast by 11 p.m.
A magnitude-8.8 quake and ensuing tsunami in central Chile in 2010 killed more than 500 people, destroyed 220,000 homes, and washed away docks, riverfronts and seaside resorts.
That quake released so much energy, it actually it shortened the Earth’s day by a fraction of a second by changing the planet’s rotation.
Chile is one of the world’s most earthquake-prone countries.
With files from The Associated Press