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Sun Oct 28, 2012, 02:42 AM

Tsunami Warnings Issued for All (Hawaii) Islands; Evacuations Begin

Source: Honolulu Star-Advertiser

Tsunami warnings issued for all islands; evacuations begin

By Star-Advertiser staff

POSTED: 06:09 p.m. HST, Oct 27, 2012
LAST UPDATED: 08:35 p.m. HST, Oct 27, 2012

Tsunami warning sires have sounded across Hawaii and people in inundation zones should evacuate immediately, officials said. The tsunami warning was issued for Hawaii in the wake of a 7.7-magnitude earthquake off British Columbia tonight.

State Civil Defense is urging residents to move to higher ground if they are in a tsunami evacuation zone. The first waves could arrive as soon as 10:28 p.m., said the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Ewa Beach.

"The center is predicting wave heights of 3 to 6 feet in some locations. The biggest waves are expected in Hilo, Kahului, Haleiwa and Hanalei.

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“A tsunami has been generated that could cause damage along coastlines of all islands in the state of Hawaii,” the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said in a statement just past 7 p.m. “Urgent action should be taken to protect lives and property.”

“If they are in a tsunami evacuation zone, they should evacuate immediately,” said Shelly Kunishige, of Hawaii Civil Defense. Kunishige said sirens statewide are sounding to alert residents of the warning.

Read more: http://www.staradvertiser.com/news/breaking/176136301.html?id=176136301

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Sun Oct 28, 2012, 02:59 AM

1. Islands near the epicentre in BC saw one 17 inch wave, next wave 7 inches. And that is it.

There was vertical movement in the initial 7.7 earthquake. But I think all will be okay.

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Response to applegrove (Reply #1)

Sun Oct 28, 2012, 03:35 AM

7. Those waves can propagate mostly in one direction.

It might be small, but that initial preview on the coast might not reveal the true size of the wave at that point in time.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Sun Oct 28, 2012, 03:08 AM

2. The TWC is not covering it only Sandy which is making landfall I believe

MSNBC came on advising about the tsunami warning for Hawaii. I am in Los Angeles, so I'm a little concerned.

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Response to Iliyah (Reply #2)

Sun Oct 28, 2012, 03:19 AM

4. The last thing I heard on CNN was ...


Tsunami headed to Hawaii. In around 90 minutes.

And an 'advisory' for Oregon, Northern California, British Columbia.



Here's a live stream link for HAWAII...

Live TV Honolulu stream, below

http://www.khon2.com/content/mediacenter/livestream.aspx

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Response to Tx4obama (Reply #4)

Sun Oct 28, 2012, 05:15 AM

13. Thanks -- this helps a lot

My old home... angels watch over you all,

Hekate

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Response to Iliyah (Reply #2)

Sun Oct 28, 2012, 04:43 AM

11. The Weather Channel reported on this several times a few hours ago...

....but they are covering the storm more, for sure.

And they just did again just now! They said the effects are starting to hit the islands now, it's a very long wave length, so please wait for the all clear signal before letting your guard down.

When TWC spoke to someone at the Tsunami Warning Center, a few hours ago, he said most of the energy from the quake was aimed directly at Hawaii and it could be as high as 7 feet when it gets there, but the effects north and south of the quake would only be about 30 cm.

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Response to Up2Late (Reply #11)

Sun Oct 28, 2012, 05:11 AM

12. MSNBC Half a foot to a foot and a half from first wave.

No Lockup.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Sun Oct 28, 2012, 03:17 AM

3. Evacuating shoreline

No emergency shelters opened yet, per Governor Abercrombie.

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Reply #3)

Sun Oct 28, 2012, 03:26 AM

5. Shelters are now opening

In Honolulu, don't ask me to spell them!

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Reply #5)

Sun Oct 28, 2012, 03:37 AM

8. They're really not all that bad if you sound them out...

...it just takes practice.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Sun Oct 28, 2012, 03:31 AM

6. You guys stay safe!

Can't sleep and probably will stay up a little bit longer. Its about 12:30 a.m.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Sun Oct 28, 2012, 03:43 AM

9. I hope this proves to be no more than an overly-cautious reaction at election time. . .

and same with Hurricane Sandy.

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Response to Journeyman (Reply #9)

Sun Oct 28, 2012, 05:54 AM

14. Looks like it was, first wave was only about 2 feet, but there are 4 total about 20 minutes apart

So it looks like this one won't be too big, but we have to wait and see.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Sun Oct 28, 2012, 04:14 AM

10. Mayor says they are now pulling out all public safety folks, police etc.


Last siren has been rung.

Everyone should take cover now. It is expected to hit aprox. 15 minutes.


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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Sun Oct 28, 2012, 06:02 AM

15. Looks like it's all pau

thank God.

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Response to mahina (Reply #15)

Sun Oct 28, 2012, 02:25 PM

17. Yes, I think we all got lucky this time.

If that quake had been about 100 miles further south on that same fault and it could have been much worse.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Sun Oct 28, 2012, 07:13 AM

16. Both of my ex's parents;

Were born in Hawaii. By ex mother-in-law was born outside of Hilo and sl many of her relatives still live there. I hope they, and everyone else, get to safety.

It's not too far outside of Hilo that the elevation rises quickly so no one has far to travel to get to safety.

Plus, it's not as though they have to battle snow storms!

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