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Massive earthquake strikes Chile, hundreds dead; Tsunami warning for Hawaii

Saturday, February 27th, 2010 12:24pm MST
Tsunami wave travel times as a result of the magnitude 8.8 earthquake near Chile. (NOAA)

Tsunami wave travel times as a result of the magnitude 8.8 earthquake near Chile. (NOAA)

One of the largest earthquakes since 1900 struck off the coast of Chile early Saturday morning prompting tsunami warnings, collapsing buildings and claiming an unknown number of lives. The magnitude 8.8 temblor struck at 3:34am local time (06:34 UTC) and has been followed by more than 50 significant aftershocks.

At the current time, many eyes are focused on Hawaii. A tsunami has been generated by the quake and is expected to arrive in Hawaii at 2:05 MST.

The Natural Disasters Examiner is providing complete coverage of this breaking news event. Please follow the links below or visit the Natural Disasters Examiner’s main page for the latest news as stories are added.

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