UPDATE: Another large quake has hit Chile, a little over 24 hours after the first one hit. The quake, an estimated 7.8, hit at 10:43pm ET US.
A huge 8.2 earthquake has just hit Chile at 9:04 ET US.
The entire coastline of Chile has been evacuated as a tsunami warning has been issued, and is expected. A tsunami warning has also been issued for Peru and Ecuador.
Chile has 4,000 miles of coastline.
There are already waves reported 6.5 being reported off the coast.
This is reportedly video of the quake hitting (obviously it’s difficult to confirm these videos):
And here’s video of the Chilean coastline with the tsunami warnings going off:
Nearby populations affected:
And here’s NOAA’s tsunami propagation forecast – note that New Zealand, the small islands to the east of Australia, is in for some potentially large effects :
NOAA also has a fascinating map of how long the tsunami will take to reach various location, including 17 hours to reach Australia, and 15 hours to reach New Zealand.
It’s interesting to look at just how many quakes have occured in only the past two weeks: