The coastal areas were evacuated shortly after the quake, which hit around 6 pm local time. The first wave from the tsunami hit Chile's northern coast within 45 minutes of the quake, and a warning is in effect for the coast of South and Central America.
First waves hitting northern coast around eight feet high. Fears that next round of waves could be worse. Evacuation order for huge swaths of Northern Chile to be in effect throughout the night. Traffic jams as citizens ignore pleas to evacuate on foot.
Officials say no threat of tsunami along US West Coast after big Chile quake.Hawaii danger limited to potentially strong beach current
— Mark Mullen (@MarkMullenNBC) April 2, 2014