Tsunami advisory no longer in effect for Hawaii following 8.2 ea - WNEM TV 5

Tsunami advisory no longer in effect for Hawaii following 8.2 earthquake

Posted: Updated:
Google Maps Google Maps
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

A major earthquake has shaken northern Chile, triggering a tsunami advisory for the state of Hawaii.

We are covering this story as a live blog to continue to provide the late-breaking details as they develop.

Update [9:20 p.m.]
The Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve is expected to reopen on Thursday, according to the City and County of Honolulu.

Update [7:25 a.m.]
The tsunami advisory that was in effect for the Hawaiian islands has been cancelled, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. 

P.T.W.C. Director Chip McCreery says to remain cautious in and around ocean waters even though Tsunami Advisory dropped.

Update [6:00 a.m.]
A tsunami wave about a meter high from crest to trough was detected in waters near Hilo, according to Chip McCreery of the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

In Maui, readings showed a wave between 1 and 2.5 feet in height, and in Haleiwa a wave between 8 and 10 inches was detected. 

In an update on Sunrise, Chip McCreery told Hawaii News Now that tsunami waves typically reflect around our islands and linger for a while, sometimes popping back up and producing even larger waves. 

An special edition of Hawaii News Now Sunrise remains on the air this morning with the latest developments on the tsunami advisory. 

Click here to watch on a computer: http://hine.ws/live 
Click here to watch on a cell phone or mobile device: http://bit.ly/hnnlive2 

Update [4:00 a.m.]
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center's Chip McCreery says unusual ocean currents are expected in Hawaiian waters throughout the morning, and reiterates that the tsunami activity will not be large enough to trigger and warnings or evacuations.

The estimated time of arrival for the first wave passed at 3:24 a.m. this morning without significant on-shore activity, according to the Department of Emergency Management's Peter Hirai.

An special edition of Hawaii News Now Sunrise remains on the air this morning with the latest developments on the tsunami advisory. 

Click here to watch on a computer: http://hine.ws/live 
Click here to watch on a cell phone or mobile device: http://bit.ly/hnnlive2 

Update [3:00 a.m.]
A special broadcast of Hawaii News Now Sunrise will begin at 3:30 a.m. HST on KGMB and KHNL to provide additional coverage of a tsunami generated by a large earthquake off the coast of Chile.

Authorities say the expected wave is advisory level, which means it could cause tidal changes that may make beachgoing conditions dangerous and unpredictable. At this time, officials say the wave is not likely to be big enough to trigger any warnings that would result in land evacuations or danger to people or structures.

Beaches across the state have been closed for an extended duration, but vary from island to island. Refer to the list of closures in the story below for more information.

Estimated time of arrival of the intial wave is 3:24 a.m. Wednesday HST.

Click here to watch on a computer: http://hine.ws/live 
Click here to watch on a cell phone or mobile device: http://bit.ly/hnnlive2 

Update [1:05 a.m.]
Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell has announced that Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve will be closed today due to the possibility of dangerous and unpredictable conditions in the bay as a result of the tsunami advisory.

The following is a portion of the media release announcing the park's closure:

Based on an 8.2 magnitude earthquake that occurred off the coast of Chile, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a Tsunami Advisory around 5:45 p.m. Tuesday. Although no destructive tsunami had been generated, the possibility remains that there will be unusual currents and wave heights along Oahu shores beginning after 3 a.m., which may persist throughout the day in some areas.

Public safety officials will assess the conditions throughout the day and the city will re-open Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve when it is safe to do so.

Update [10:48 p.m.]
Because of the stadning tsunami advisory, Maui County officials have closed all beaches on Maui, Molokai and Lanai until 12 p.m. on Wednesday, according to a County spokesperson. 

Beaches on Oahu and Hawaii Island will remain closed until 8 a.m. on Wednesday as a precaution, officials on both islands say.

Update [9:15 p.m.]
A tsunami advisory remains in effect for the entire state of Hawaii.

The tsunami watches and warnings that were previously issued for other countries including Chile and Peru are now canceled.

Update [7 p.m.]
During a live press conference on Hawaii News Now at 6, Gerard Fryer of the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said, "We're sure the waves are not going to be large enough to cause any flooding. The issue is strictly at the beach."  

When asked if the advisory could possibly be upgraded to a warning, Fryer replied, "We're very sure about this. We have a lot of information now on what this tsunami is doing."

According to the PTWC, the tsunami advisory is expected to remain in place until 6 or 7 a.m. Wednesday.

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell said the City is preparing for a "minor" event with plans to keep people out of the ocean from 3 a.m. to 8 a.m. Wednesday. The City will likely close Hanauma Bay as well, he said.

"Stay out of the ocean overnight and tomorrow morning," said Caldwell. "Thankfully there is no destructive tsunami and it appears there will be no major threat to land on Oahu, but the earthquake in Chile may create dangerous ocean currents from 3 a.m. through the morning. Safety first. We are partially activating our Emergency Operations Center with our first responders including police, fire, EMS and Ocean Safety but a full activation is not necessary at this time."

The Department of Emergency Management is coordinating with Public Safety officials and leaders in the visitor industry to alert residents and visitors to stay out of the ocean and away from immediate shorelines during this period. In addition, everyone should stay away from the immediate vicinity of streams and canals that feed directly into the ocean. Boaters should exercise caution when entering or exiting harbors.

It has also been announced that beaches will be closed on Maui and Kauai from 3 to 9 a.m. and until 8 a.m. on the Big Island.

To view Gerard Fryer and Mayor Caldwell's interview on a mobile device click the 'latest news video' tab on the Hawaii News Now app.

We will have the latest on the tsunami advisory on Hawaii News Now at 10pm and a special edition of Hawaii News Now Sunrise beginning at 3:30 a.m.

Update [5:48 p.m.]
A tsunami advisory has been issued for the state of Hawaii, effective at 5:45 p.m., according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

The following information comes from the PTWC:

Based on all available data, a major tsunami is not expected to strike the state of Hawaii. However, sea level changes and strong currents may occur along all coasts that could be a hazard to swimmers and boaters as well as to persons near the shore at beaches and in harbors and marinas. The threat may continue for several hours after the initial wave arrival. 

Estimated time of arrival of the intial wave is 3:24 a.m. Wednesday HST.

Update [5:07 p.m.]
During a live press conference on Hawaii News Now at 5, Chip McCreery, Director of the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, said, "Thankfully, it looks like Hawaii doesn't have a big threat from this event ... Hopefully, it will just be an advisory, but we are still evaluating."

McCreery said officials are taking advantage of the "luxury" of distance between Chile and Hawaii to make an accurate assesment.  An update is expected within the hour or sooner if the evaluation is complete.

To view Chip McCreery's news conference on a mobile device click the 'latest news video' tab on the Hawaii News Now app.

Update [4:51 p.m.]
The Director of the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, Chip McCreery, tells Hawaii News Now:

"Right now it looks hopeful that the threat may be limited either to nothing or to an advisory type threat."

Experts continue to evaluate if there is a tsunami threat to Hawaii.

Update [4:40 p.m.]
The tsunami warning remains in effect for Chile and Peru. Warnings and watches for all previously named areas are canceled.

Experts from the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center will provide a live update at 5 p.m. about the potential risk of a tsunami striking Hawaii. Watch HawaiiNewsNow.com for a live streaming broadcast or tune into KGMB or KHNL for the developing details.

Update [4:36 p.m.]
Officials with the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center say a tsunami is NOT expected in the following regions: United States west coast, British Columbia and Alaska.  

The potential risk of a tsunami striking Hawaii is still being evaluated.

Update [4:01 p.m.]
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center continues to evaluate the possible tsunami risk to Hawaii following an 8.2 magnitude earthquake near northern Chile. No tsunami alerts are issued for Hawaii at this time, but that may change. 

Update [3:34 p.m.]
An expanded tsunami warning and watch are now in effect for the areas listed below.

WARNING: Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Panama

WATCH:  Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatamala, Mexico, Honduras

The tsunami threat to Hawaii is still being evaluated.

Update [3:03 p.m.]
Officials with the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center are still evaulating the possible tsunami risks to Hawaii following this earthquake. No alerts for the state are issued, but that may change. If tsunami waves impact Hawaii, their earliest estimated arrival is 3:24 a.m. Wednesday.

Update [2:37 p.m.]
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has revised the magnitude for this earthquake to 8.2, upgraded from 8.0. Officials are still evaluating the potential tsunami threat to Hawaii.

Update [2:26 p.m.]
The following information is provided by the Associated Press:

A powerful earthquake has struck in the Pacific off Chile's northern region, and authorities have ordered an evacuation of coastal areas in case of a tsunami. There are no immediate reports of injuries or damage.
The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake had a preliminary magnitude of 8.0 and struck 61 miles (99 kilometers) northwest of Iquique, Chile, at 8:46 p.m. It hit in an area that has been rocked by numerous quakes over the past two weeks.
The latest tremor shook buildings in parts of the nearby nations of Bolivia and Peru.

Update [2:19 p.m.]
A tsunami warning and watch are in effect for the areas listed below.

WARNING: Chile, Peru, Ecuador

WATCH:  Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua

The tsunami threat to Hawaii is still being evaluated.

Original post [1:56 p.m.]
A 8.0 magnitude earthquake has shaken Chile, striking at 1:45 p.m. (HST).

The U.S. Geological Survey says the epicenter was near the coast of northern Chile. It had a depth of 6.2 miles.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has issued an expanding regional tsunami warning and watch for parts of the Pacific located closer to the earthquake. An evaluation of the Pacific wide tsunami threat is underway, and there is a possibility that Hawaii could be elevated to a watch or warning status.

According to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, if tsunami waves impact Hawaii their estimated earliest arrival time is 3:24 a.m. Wednesday.

Link to Hawaii Tsunami Evacuation Zones:  http://hine.ws/evacmaps

Link to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center:  http://ptwc.weather.gov

Related Story:

Hawaii scientists track Chile's earthquake swarm 

Copyright 2014 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved.

  • Tsunami advisory no longer in effect for Hawaii following 8.2 earthquakeMore>>

Powered by WorldNow
WNEM
Powered by WorldNow CNN
All content © 2014, WNEM; Saginaw, MI. (A Meredith Corporation Station) and WorldNow. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.