Threat diminishes; tsunami advisory cancelled

Published: Oct. 28, 2012 at 5:00 AM HST|Updated: Oct. 28, 2012 at 2:20 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A tsunami advisory for Hawaii was cancelled early Sunday by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. Scientists at the center cancelled the advisory just before 4 a.m.

Scientists at the center cancelled the advisory at 3:58 a.m. after determining that tsunami wave heights had fallen below advisory levels and would continue to diminish. However, they also said small sea level changes and strong and unusual currents would still be possible, and that boaters and swimmers should continue to exercise caution in the water.

The advisory replaced a tsunami warning at 12:54 a.m., ending a massive, hours-long tsunami scare for thousands of residents that stated with an earthquake near the Queen Charlotte Islands off the coast of British Columbia, Canada, at 5 p.m. Saturday Hawaii time.

On Oahu, the city's Emergency Services Division said Hanauma Bay would be closed Sunday, but all other beaches are open.

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