Hawaii Under Tsunami Warning; Calif., Alaska Under Advisory

EWA BEACH, Hawaii -- A tsunami warning has been issued for Hawaii, and the California coast and parts of Alaska are under a tsunami advisory.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says the earthquake in Chile has generated a tsunami that could cause damage along coastlines of all islands in Hawaii.

The first waves are expected to reach Hawaii at 11:19 a.m. Hawaii time (4:19 p.m. EST).

The center's director is calling for "urgent action to protect lives and property" in Hawaii. He says he doesn't know how big the waves will be, but he expects them to be the largest to hit Hawaii since 1964.

But he says there should be enough time to alert everyone in harm's way to get to safety.

The advisory for California and Alaska is the agency's lowest-level alert.

Tsunami warnings are in effect over a wide area, including South America, Hawaii, Australia and New Zealand, Japan, the Philippines, Russia and many Pacific islands.

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  • by Rob Location: Greenville on Feb 27, 2010 at 05:34 PM
    There is usually no wave with a tsunami..the waters recede and when they return they just keep coming like a river over running the bank
  • by OutsideLookingIn Location: ENC on Feb 27, 2010 at 02:23 PM
    These warnings might seem lame at the onset, but I just read that the waters are receding of the island of Hilo. A Tsunami will recede the waters, then blast in with no where to run. The further out it recedes the waters, the bigger the wave. Many people run out to pick up all the nice shells, etc...but that is certain death.
  • by OutsideLookingIn Location: ENC on Feb 27, 2010 at 12:23 PM
    Wow, this is bad for Hawaii. I hope all their residents take heed of the warnings. They put up with the periodic volcanic activity, but this is different; enormous and fast. I just pray that the beautiful island survives with minimal damages.

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