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No tsunami for Hawaii following powerful South Pacific earthquake

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Update 5:56 p.m. HST

Again, NO tsunami watches or warnings are issued for Hawaii following an 8.0 earthquake Tuesday afternoon near the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has canceled the WARNING previously issued for Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Tuvalu, New Caledonia, Kosrae, Fiji, Kiribati, Wallis and Futuna.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has also canceled the WATCH previously issued for Marshall Islands, Howland and Baker, Pohnpei, Tokelau, Samoa, Kermadec Islands, New Zealand, American Samoa, Tonga, Australia, Niue, Cook Islands, Indonesia, Wake Island, Chuuk, Jarvis Island, Guam, Northern Marianas, Palmyra Island, Yap, Johnston Island, Minamitorishima and Belau.

All areas that were under alert are now in the clear, according to officials.

Update 4:42 p.m. HST

Based on all available data, a destructive Pacific-wide tsunami is not expected, and there is NO tsunami threat to Hawaii.

A tsunami has been confirmed in areas near the epicenter, but it should not affect Hawaii, experts say.

This will be the final statement from the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center unless additional data is received.

Related link: Small tsunami hits Solomons, other warnings ended

Update 4:24 p.m. HST

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center's latest bulletin pushes the same information as the original alert issued at 3:19 p.m.

An expanding regional tsunami warning and watch has been issued 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.

If tsunami waves impact Hawaii, their estimated earliest arrival time is 10:04 p.m. HST on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013.

At this time, there are NO tsunami watches or warnings issued for Hawaii.

Update 4:13 p.m. HST

According to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, sea level readings indicate a tsunami was generated in the South Pacific.  It may have been destructive along coasts near the earthquake epicenter and could also be a threat to more distant coasts. 

Again, NO tsunami watches or warnings are posted for Hawaii at this time.  The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center continues to assess the situation.

Update 3:55 p.m. HST 

Pacific Tsunami Warning Center continues to monitor effects from 8.0 magnitude earthquake near Solomon Islands.  No tsunami watches or warnings are issued for Hawaii at this time.

Update 3:47 p.m. HST

A tsunami WARNING is in effect for the following areas:

Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Tuvalu, New Caledonia, Kosrae, Fiji, Kiribati, Wallis and Futuna

A tsunami WATCH is in effect for the following areas: 

Marshall Islands, Howland and Baker, Pohnpei, Tokelau, Samoa, Kermadec Islands, New Zealand, American Samoa, Tonga, Australia, Niue, Cook Islands, Indonesia, Wake Island, Chuuk, Jarvis Island, Guam, Northern Marianas, Palmyra Island, Yap, Johnston Island, Minamitorishima, Belau

Posted 3:35 p.m. HST

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has issued an expanding regional tsunami warning and watch for parts of the Pacific located closer to the earthquake near the Solomon Islands at 3:12 p.m. 

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, officials at the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center say.

If tsunami waves impact Hawaii, their estimated earliest arrival time is 10:04 p.m. HST on Feb. 5, 2013.

No immediate accounts of damage or injuries have been reported.

We will have the latest information on HawaiiNewsNow.com

Here is a link to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center

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