Chile quake generated tsunami: USGS

WASHINGTON Sat Feb 27, 2010 3:17am EST

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The huge 8.8-magnitude earthquake that struck central Chile early on Saturday generated a tsunami that may have been destructive along the coast near the epicenter, a U.S. agency said.

"Sea level readings indicate a tsunami was generated," the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said on its website. "It may have been destructive along coasts near the earthquake epicenter and could also be a threat to more distant coasts."

It did not have details on the size of the tsunami.

(Reporting by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Kieran Murray)