City officials hold press conference on Tsunami Advisory issued for Hawaii

City officials hold press conference on Tsunami Advisory issued for Hawaii
Courtesy: National Weather Service
Courtesy: National Weather Service

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A press conference was held Wednesday in an effort to update residents and share important information about the Tsunami Advisory issued for Hawaii.

Officials who spoke at the press conference included:

  • Mayor Kirk Caldwell 
    • Storm updates and overview
  • Ocean Safety Acting Chief Kevin Allan
    • Dangerous storm conditions and any expected change in ocean levels
  • Hawaii Tourism Authority CEO George Szigeti
    • What tourists need to know
  • Department of Parks and Recreation Deputy Director Jeanne Ishikawa
    • Parks and camping permit updates
  • Honolulu Police Department Captain Joseph Trinidad
    • Response plans
  • Department of Emergency Management Deputy Director Peter Hirai
    • Ready Hawaii app for mobile devices

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has issued a Tsunami Advisory for the State of Hawaii effective at 3:24 p.m. based on an 8.3 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Central Chile. A Tsunami Advisory is issued when the threat of a tsunami may produce strong currents or waves dangerous to those in or near the water.

The estimated time of wave arrival and anticipated effects is 3:11 a.m. HST on Thursday, September 17. Waves reaching 0.3 to one meter (one to three feet) are possible for Hawaii coastlines.

Sea level changes and strong currents may occur along all coasts and may be a hazard to swimmers and boaters. Streams and canals that feed into the ocean may also be affected by unusual currents.

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