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Tsunami advisory canceled

By Star-Advertiser staff

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LAST UPDATED: 11:58 a.m. HST, Apr 02, 2014


Scientists at the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center canceled a tsunami advisory for Hawaii after small sea level changes diminished Wednesday morning.

The advisory was canceled at 7:25 a.m.

No damage was reported in Hawaii from a small tsunami generated by a magnitude 8.2 earthquake in Chile.

Hilo saw the biggest sea level change of 1.9 foot in 16 minutes, or a little over 3 feet from the bottom of the wave to the crest.

Other areas on the Big Island also saw tsunami effects. Honokohau near Kona recorded  a .2 foot rise over 12 minutes; Honuapo saw .1 foot tsunami over 16 minutes; and Kapoho saw a .4 foot change over 14 minutes.

The first surge on Hawaii island was reported at 3.42 a.m.

Big Island Civil Defense Director Darryl Oliveira said observers at Puhi Bay near Hilo saw an increase in wave heights of between 1 to 2 feet.

Kahului saw the harbor sea level rise 1.7 feet over 18 minutes.

On Oahu, Waianae gauges recorded a .2 foot rise in 12 minutes and Haleiwa's sea level rose .4 feet over 14 minutes. Hanalei Harbor rose .3 feet in 14 minutes and Nawiliwili recorded a .1 foot rise in 24 minutes.

Honolulu County Emergency Management spokesman Peter Hirai said there was little wave activity when the first surge from the Chile earthquake hit Oahu shores at 3:50 a.m.

Honolulu police and firefighters were on alert and the Department of Emergency Management worked with the visitor industry to warn tourists to stay out of the water. Officials also warned homeless living along the coast of the potential threat.

City officials warned that even though the tsunami advisory is canceled, sea level changes and strong and unusual currents may continue for several hours.

The tsunami advisory and warnings about strong, unusual currents didn't keep some surfers out of the water from Ala Moana to Waikiki, where a small south swell brought waves of up to 3 feet Wednesday morning.

Beaches across the state, including Hanauma Bay, were closed Wednesday morning as a precaution. Most Oahu and Hawaii County beaches were closed until 8 a.m.  Kauai County beaches are closed until 9 a.m. Maui County closed beaches until noon, but they could open earlier if conditions warrant.

Haunama Bay remains closed Wednesday and may be closed Thursday depending on wave conditions. Tsunami activity in past years has generated unusual surges in the sheltered cove, Hirai said.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said sea level changes were also recorded in California.

A .6 foot rise over 18 minutes was seen in San Luis, Calif. Santa Barbara saw a .5 foot change in 16 minutes and the sea level in Los Angeles rose .2 feet over 26 minutes.

In American Samoa, Pago Pago recorded a 1 foot sea level rise in 18 minutes. Apia in Western Samoa saw a .3 foot change om 14 minutes.

Earlier in the morning, French Polynesia also saw small sea level changes from the tsunami.

Huahine saw a .2 foot rise over 20 minutes and Rikitea saw .2 feet in 16 minutes.







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lokela wrote:
Amazing how fast and far water can move.
on April 2,2014 | 06:03AM
1local wrote:
what is the cost in overtime paid to first responders every time the Pacific Tsunami Center makes their predictions? Gas Stations ,Supermarkets, First responders benefit from these predictions...
on April 2,2014 | 11:28AM
control wrote:
what a seriously lame remark. First responders are scheduled on all shifts, every day, emergency or not. Those on duty get the first call.
on April 2,2014 | 03:44PM
awahana wrote:
I'm glad its 'camceled.'
This would not happen, if SA writers used Chrome or Firefox instead of IE.
Workin' like its 1999...
on April 2,2014 | 07:56AM
dontbelieveinmyths wrote:
And the media wonders why people don't take them seriously when a real warning happens. Watching the news last night was a joke. The geologist they were interviewing tried to be as matter of fact as possible, saying it didn't look like there was going to be a threat. The reporters kept hounding him with questions, trying to make him say something that they could use to sensationalize the report. It was barely an advisory and yet the media was treating it like a tsunami was eminent. The morning news even had people on the shore early in the morning.
on April 2,2014 | 08:05AM
nalogirl wrote:
I'm glad I wasn't the only one that felt that way.
on April 2,2014 | 11:14AM
Morimoto wrote:
This must be Guy Hagi's wet dream.
on April 2,2014 | 12:25PM
ss029 wrote:
Camceled...BWAHAHAHAHA!!!!
on April 2,2014 | 08:06AM
HanabataDays wrote:
Smart to keep Hanauma closed. You get maybe a four-inch tsunami surge, sure it's not tall but it's long-period, so it pushes a lot of water into the bay. Gotta get back out somehow and the currents go a little pupule, currents where usually no more any. I wouldn't wanna be snorkeling there when it decided to flush like Toiletbowls. BTW, when I die, my friends gonna go flush my ashes in Toiletbowls. I hope there's planny tourists that morning. "OK, pau now! Enjoy!"
on April 2,2014 | 09:15AM
2disgusted2 wrote:
Love you comment!
on April 2,2014 | 05:00PM
nalogirl wrote:
The TV news media need to lighten up. They continued well into the evening about this supposed tsunami. when I was driving home at 5:00 the news on the radio said that there was no risk to our state. what are these newsrooms trying to do? Scare people for no eason?
on April 2,2014 | 11:14AM
Morimoto wrote:
Well basically yes. Seems like the local news is getting more and more sensational every day. I still remember a few weeks ago one of the stations had as their top story an animal being shot on one of the neighbor islands. They seemed to be treating it as a murder case.
on April 2,2014 | 12:24PM
lokela wrote:
News media was practicing. So if a real Tsunami comes they should be ready.
on April 2,2014 | 11:31AM
Morimoto wrote:
Best head for the hills. The only safe place on the island is Tantalus, fill your bathtubs, gather a week's worth of rations, make sure your bug out bag is fully stocked, fill your gas tank and pray to god this massive 6 inch tsunami doesn't end life on this island as we know it. The only animals that survive will be the roaches and maybe Robert Kekaula due to his buoyancy. Huh? Wait a minute you mean this thing already hit us early this morning? Okay forget everything I said, we sure dodged a major bullet didn't we.
on April 2,2014 | 12:35PM
Morimoto wrote:
Best head for the hills. The only safe place on the island is Tantalus, fill your bathtubs, gather a week's worth of rations, make sure your bug out bag is fully stocked, fill your gas tank and pray to god this massive 6 inch tsunami doesn't end life on this island as we know it. The only animals that survive will be the roaches and maybe Robert Kekaula due to his buoyancy. Huh? Wait a minute you mean this thing already hit us early this morning? Okay forget everything I said, we sure dodged a major bullet didn't we.
on April 2,2014 | 12:35PM
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