Tsunami advisory no longer in effect for Hawaii following 8.2 earthquake
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A major earthquake has shaken northern Chile, triggering a tsunami advisory for the state of Hawaii.
We are covering this story as a live blog to continue to provide the late-breaking details as they develop.
Update [6:00 a.m.]
A tsunami wave about a meter high from crest to trough was detected in waters near Hilo, according to Chip McCreery of the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.
In Maui, readings showed a wave between 1 and 2.5 feet in height, and in Haleiwa a wave between 8 and 10 inches was detected.
In an update on Sunrise, Chip McCreery told Hawaii News Now that tsunami waves typically reflect around our islands and linger for a while, sometimes popping back up and producing even larger waves.
Update [4:00 a.m.]
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center's Chip McCreery says unusual ocean currents are expected in Hawaiian waters throughout the morning, and reiterates that the tsunami activity will not be large enough to trigger and warnings or evacuations.
The estimated time of arrival for the first wave passed at 3:24 a.m. this morning without significant on-shore activity, according to the Department of Emergency Management's Peter Hirai.
An special edition of Hawaii News Now Sunrise remains on the air this morning with the latest developments on the tsunami advisory.
Update [3:00 a.m.]
A special broadcast of Hawaii News Now Sunrise will begin at 3:30 a.m. HST on KGMB and KHNL to provide additional coverage of a tsunami generated by a large earthquake off the coast of Chile.
Authorities say the expected wave is advisory level, which means it could cause tidal changes that may make beachgoing conditions dangerous and unpredictable. At this time, officials say the wave is not likely to be big enough to trigger any warnings that would result in land evacuations or danger to people or structures.
Beaches across the state have been closed for an extended duration, but vary from island to island. Refer to the list of closures in the story below for more information.
Estimated time of arrival of the intial wave is 3:24 a.m. Wednesday HST.
Update [1:05 a.m.]
Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell has announced that Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve will be closed today due to the possibility of dangerous and unpredictable conditions in the bay as a result of the tsunami advisory.
The following is a portion of the media release announcing the park's closure:
Based on an 8.2 magnitude earthquake that occurred off the coast of Chile, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a Tsunami Advisory around 5:45 p.m. Tuesday. Although no destructive tsunami had been generated, the possibility remains that there will be unusual currents and wave heights along Oahu shores beginning after 3 a.m., which may persist throughout the day in some areas.
Public safety officials will assess the conditions throughout the day and the city will re-open Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve when it is safe to do so.
Update [10:48 p.m.]
Because of the stadning tsunami advisory, Maui County officials have closed all beaches on Maui, Molokai and Lanai until 12 p.m. on Wednesday, according to a County spokesperson.
Beaches on Oahu and Hawaii Island will remain closed until 8 a.m. on Wednesday as a precaution, officials on both islands say.
A tsunami advisory remains in effect for the entire state of Hawaii.
"Stay out of the ocean overnight and tomorrow morning," said Caldwell. "Thankfully there is no destructive tsunami and it appears there will be no major threat to land on Oahu, but the earthquake in Chile may create dangerous ocean currents from 3 a.m. through the morning. Safety first. We are partially activating our Emergency Operations Center with our first responders including police, fire, EMS and Ocean Safety but a full activation is not necessary at this time."
The Department of Emergency Management is coordinating with Public Safety officials and leaders in the visitor industry to alert residents and visitors to stay out of the ocean and away from immediate shorelines during this period. In addition, everyone should stay away from the immediate vicinity of streams and canals that feed directly into the ocean. Boaters should exercise caution when entering or exiting harbors.
It has also been announced that beaches will be closed on Maui and Kauai from 3 to 9 a.m. and until 8 a.m. on the Big Island.
To view Gerard Fryer and Mayor Caldwell's interview on a mobile device click the 'latest news video' tab on the Hawaii News Now app.
We will have the latest on the tsunami advisory on Hawaii News Now at 10pm and a special edition of Hawaii News Now Sunrise beginning at 3:30 a.m.
Update [3:34 p.m.]
WARNING: Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Panama
WATCH: Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatamala, Mexico, Honduras
The tsunami threat to Hawaii is still being evaluated.
Update [3:03 p.m.]
Officials with the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center are still evaulating the possible tsunami risks to Hawaii following this earthquake. No alerts for the state are issued, but that may change. If tsunami waves impact Hawaii, their earliest estimated arrival is 3:24 a.m. Wednesday.
Update [2:37 p.m.]
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has revised the magnitude for this earthquake to 8.2, upgraded from 8.0. Officials are still evaluating the potential tsunami threat to Hawaii.
Update [2:26 p.m.]
The following information is provided by the Associated Press:
Update [2:19 p.m.]
A tsunami warning and watch are in effect for the areas listed below.
WARNING: Chile, Peru, Ecuador
WATCH: Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua
The tsunami threat to Hawaii is still being evaluated.
Original post [1:56 p.m.]
A 8.0 magnitude earthquake has shaken Chile, striking at 1:45 p.m. (HST).
The U.S. Geological Survey says the epicenter was near the coast of northern Chile. It had a depth of 6.2 miles.
Link to Hawaii Tsunami Evacuation Zones: http://hine.ws/evacmaps
Link to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center: http://ptwc.weather.gov
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