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Tsunami tested advances in science

The improvements averted evacuations in Hawaii after an 8.2 quake hit Chile

By Gordon Y.K. Pang

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Apr 03, 2014

~~<p>Improved science and the vast distance between Hawaii and the magnitude-8.2 earthquake that rocked Chile on Tuesday helped the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center to decide not to put the state in tsunami warning status, a move that would have likely triggered a costly evacuation and inconvenienced thousands.</p>
<p>The center issued a tsunami advisory for Hawaii shortly before 6 p.m. Tuesday that said people should stay away from beaches and shorelines and cautioned boaters to be vigilant as to the first effects of a small-scale tsunami about 3:25 a.m. Wednesday, but emphasized no one needed to leave their homes.</p>
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Improved science and the vast distance between Hawaii and the magnitude-8.2 earthquake that rocked Chile on Tuesday helped the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center to decide not to put the state in tsunami warning status, a move that would have likely triggered a costly evacuation and inconvenienced thousands.

The center issued a tsunami advisory for Hawaii shortly before 6 p.m. Tuesday that said people should stay away from beaches and shorelines and cautioned boaters to be vigilant as to the first effects of a small-scale tsunami about 3:25 a.m. Wednesday, but emphasized no one needed to leave their homes. Login for more...



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