Fishermen look for boats to salvage damaged overnight in the port of Iquique, Chile, Wednesday, April 2, 2014. ( AP Photo/ Luis Hidalgo, Pool)

Watch Chile's earthquake tsunami explode across the Pacific

Waves generated by the 8.2-magnitude quake traveled far and fast


Lindsay Abrams
April 3, 2014 5:53PM (UTC)

Major aftershocks were still being felt Thursday from Chile's 8.2-magnitude earthquake, some nearly as large as the original quake, which killed at least six people after it struck Tuesday night.

The tsunami generated by the off-shore quake, meanwhile, wasn't nearly as devastating as these things have the potential to get. But as this near real-time animation from the NOAA's Pacific Tsunami Warning Center shows, it traveled very far, very quickly. Immediately following the earthquake, the PTWC issued a number of tsunami warnings and watches for Pacific coastal areas, but called them all off by early Wednesday. Some areas of Chile reported tsunami waves as high as 7-feet;  small waves were detected as far north as California.

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The animation depicts 30 hours of simulated tsunami wave propagation, according to the NOAA, followed by an "energy map" demonstrating the maximum open-ocean wave heights over that period:

 

h/t Mashable


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