Like the other 14 biggest earthquakes since 1900, the magnitude 8.9 event – that shook Japan and triggered tsunamis that swept the Pacific – was created by a piece of the Earth's crust shoving down into the planet's interior.
Tsunami warnings on the US west coast kept most people away from the water, but tsunami waves damaged boats in northern California and flooded parts of Hawaii. Some California surfers ignored a tsunami warning and tried to find bigger waves.
Whaling shipwreck: A shipwreck discovered in Hawaii is believed to be the second whaling ship the real-life Capt. Ahab sailed after the famous sperm whale sank his first ship. The remains of the whaling shipwreck are to be displayed in Hawaii, and may travel to Nantucket, where the real Capt. Ahab lived.
Trojan asteroid 2008 LC18 is orbiting in a fixed spot in Neptune's orbit where the gravitational pull of Neptune and the sun balance out. Its discovery may help shed light on questions about planetary formation.
The Pacific basin's warning network detected the Chile quake's tsunami accurately, and computer models are improving, tsunami experts say.
The Hawaii tsunami turned out to be more bark than bite as the tsunami warning for Hawaii has been lifted.
Evacuation efforts have begun in Hawaii because of a tsunami warning that was issued following a massive earthquake in Chile.
Hawaii tsunami warning issued early Saturday following this morning's massive 8.8 magnitude Chile earthquake.
An 8.8 magnitude earthquake rocked Chile Saturday morning triggering a tsunami warning for Hawaii.
Northwest pilots who flew past Flight 188's destination by 150 miles aren't the first to overshoot. Despite other such incidents, new rules on pilot fatigue and cockpit oversight are not yet in place.