A strong magnitude 8.0 earthquake has struck off the coast of Chile in the Pacific Ocean. Tsunami alerts are in effect for portions of South America.

Update 8:45PM: According to the NWS, the magnitude has now been upgraded to 8.2.

The National Weather Service in Seattle has indicated that a tsunami has formed but at this point is not a threat to the United States.

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