Water as high as 11 feet in Hawaii from tsunami

HONOLULU (AP) - The water that's been coming ashore in Hawaii from the Japanese earthquake has been as high as 11 feet on the west side of the Big Island, reaching the lobby of a hotel. Water has washed up on roadways on the Big Island, and flooding is reported on Maui.

Tsunami waves have been swamping Hawaii's beaches in the aftermath of the quake and tsunami that devastated Japan.

Scientists have warned that the first tsumnami waves aren't always the strongest.

Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie says the tsunami warning remains in effect and that there's "significant adverse activity" on Maui and the Big Island.

Honolulu's airport is open, but officials say seven or eight jets bound for Hawaii have turned around, including some originating from Japan.

Honolulu's Department of Emergency Management has created refuge areas at community centers and schools.

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