Tsunami warning extended to much of Pacific region, but not to U.S. West Coast
Officials widened an alert for possible tsunamis resulting from the 8.8 magnitude earthquake in Japan, covering large swaths of the Pacific Ocean but not California and the West Coast of the U.S. and Canada.
[Update 2 a.m. Friday: Authorities have since issued a warning for central and northern California and Oregon, as well as parts of Alaska. Southern California was under a lower-level tsunami advisory. Check the most up-to-date status on the West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center's website.]
The latest alerts cover Japan, Russia, many Asia countries and Pacific islands including Hawaii as well as many South and Central American countries such as Chile, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru and Colombia.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said that a new warning would be issued as more information becomes available.
In Hawaii, officials expect a wave could hit at 2:59 a.m. Hawaii time (4:59 a.m. PST).
California, Alaska, Washington, Oregon and British Columbia are not included in the warnings.
-- Rong-Gong Lin II and Shelby Grad
Images: NOAA: Numbers in first graphic represent areas where tsunamis are possible.