8.8 maGnitude earthquake hits Chile Quake, tsunami destroy Chile beach towns - Chile earthquake- msnbc.com About 1:34 EST this morning..... Now awaiting additional word on damages and possibilities of additional Tsunami's striking many other areas...! Update: Tsunami warning/alert now in effect for the Hawaiian islands! Update: 10-15 ft waves expected to hit the bay areas of Hawaii. Numerous aftershocks, more than 30 so far and...they continue..... 1 registered at 6.9.... This quake is nearly 1,000 times worse than that which hit Haiti recently!....That quake was 7.0.... The last quake was in 1960, and was the largest ever recorded, at 9.5 on the richter scale... Several areas are along the coast and were hit with tsunami's of 10-15 ft in height. No one had any warning, including the vacation spot: "Valpariso". *UNCONFIRMED: New update was Easter Island and Valpariso were hit by a 40 meter tsunami wave....Update: reports of 30 to 40 meters are NOT reliable, but, they have yet to check the actual levels.....they cannot say why, but, they expect the waves to be no more than 10-12 ft. in height. It seems that their equipment may be damaged! Thousands of people are expected to be missing and dead. Concepcion (2nd largest city) has yet to contact anyone since the quake.... Argentina has evacuated areas and buildings as they were also hit by the quake.... Due to electrical outtages, news is slow to come in, and many areas may be totally devastated. Very Few communications.... Bridges are out and 1 that was shown (major North/South route) is cracked in half. This IS a VERY severe blow to the entire South American continent and all the countries therein...... Buildings that stood for hundreds of years and even withstood the 9.5 quake in 1960, are now gone..... 20 listed for warnings include: Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Costa Rica, New Zealand, Samoa, Soloman islands, New Guinea, Russia, Indonesia, Guam, Japan, Antarctica, Hawaii, are just a few that may be affected.... Plus: numerous tsunami warnings are being issued worldwide....The danger is expanding exponentially..... The entire Pacific basin is now under Tsunami warnings.... The western US is monitoring the situation and as yet, have no indications a tsunami could hit the west's coastal areas: California, Oregon and Washington are watching closely and may upgrade to a warning status.... Some waves were recorded as high as *UNCONFIRMED: 7.3+ meters in height that were generated along Chile's coast line..... Many areas, cities and towns along the coast are thought to be totally underwater right now..... Over 9 million 720 thousands of people felt the quake.