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Tsunami Warnings Issued for Hawaii and California

By Genevieve Long
Epoch Times Staff
Created: February 27, 2010 Last Updated: February 27, 2010
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A man walks past a wrecked church in Santiago after a huge 8.8-magnitude earthquake rocked Chile on February 27, 2010. (Martin Bernetti/AFP/Getty Images)

A man walks past a wrecked church in Santiago after a huge 8.8-magnitude earthquake rocked Chile on February 27, 2010. (Martin Bernetti/AFP/Getty Images)

Following an 8.8 magnitude earthquake in Chile, tsunami warnings were issued for Hawaii and in counties on the California coast.

Four different tsunami warnings were issued for areas along the coast by the California Office of Emergency Services. The warnings stretch from the Bay Area north of San Francisco to San Diego County, at the southernmost tip of California.

The threat of tsunamis in Hawaii appears much graver.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning center at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said that a tsunami warning remains in effect for the island state.

The center is predicting that the estimated time of arrival of the first tsunami wave is 11:19 a.m. local Hawaii time. It is possible that it could cause damage along the coastline.

The Honolulu Advertiser reports that the largest waves to hit Hawaii's shores will be about 2 meters, or 6 feet.

Local media also reports that a tsunami warning alarm will sound at 6:00 a.m. local Hawaii time to warn people, and that hotels in Waikiki are being evacuated.




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