Tsunami wave on way to Hawaii expected to hit 4.28 am, Oregon, California remain on high alert [Video]

After a 7.7 Earthquake in Western Canada close to the Queen Charlotte Island Region a tsunami warning sirens have sounded the alarm as a tsunami was generated. The wave is on the way to Hawaii and is expected to hit at 22.28h HST, 4.28 am EST.

The warning is issued for the entire State of Hawaii and all coastlines.

Hawaii Civil Defense is posting updates and important information on http://www.scd.hawaii.gov

A tsunami watch is issued for Oregon and California.

Hawaii Civil Defense is currently warning residents and visitors by sirens. Local TV and radio station interrupted programs and are updating.
Evacuation orders are issued.

Police is directing traffic one way to evacuate Waikiki. Everyone in Waikiki should be on the 10th story or higher.
No traffic is allowed into Waikiki at this time.

The highest waves are expected on the Northern Facing Shores of all islands.

The situation may be specially critical for harbors on the Big Islands and Kapalui Harbor on Maui. The waves are expected to be 6 ft high.

Waikiki is under an evacuation order, but East and South facing shores may be effected less.

All entertainment venues in Waikiki are closed.

At past warnings Hawaii at 12 hours to evacuate. With less than 2 hours this is a very different situation now.

There is not enough time so secure boats at this time, but boats are safest out in the ocean.

Latest indicators state waves may not be as high as originally estimated. Tsunamis in Japan and Indonesia had higher ratings. According to the Tsunami warning center, this is impossible to predict.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning center expects not to clear warnings until several waves will be evaluated.

Currently Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie is at the State Civil Defense Headquarter at Diamond Head in Honolulu. He urged citizens to remain calm and simply move inland in an orderly way. He asked to have those away from the shorelines to stay home. Civil defense is keeping citizens informed using the emergency network and other means.

The US coast guard ordered all commercial vessels to evacuate and urged boats able to get away from the shore to do so. The US coast guard urged boats that evacuate to the ocean to take plenty of water and food, and have working communication equipment.

Residents are asked to inform relatives and friends to evacuate if in evacuation zones.

The Honolulu Star Bulletin reports: tsunami warning sirens have sounded across Hawaii and people in inundation zones should evacuate immediately, officials said. The tsunami warning was issued for Hawaii in the wake of a 7.7-magnitude earthquake off British Columbia tonight.

State Civil Defense is urging residents to move to higher ground if they are in a tsunami evacuation zone. The first waves could arrive as soon as 10:28 p.m., said the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Ewa Beach.

The center is predicting wave heights of 3 to 6 feet in some locations. The biggest waves are expected in Hilo, Kahului, Haleiwa and Hanalei.

Victor Sardina, geophysicist with the center, urged residents to listen to instructions from Hawaii Civil Defense. “We don’t want to chance it,” he said.

“Refer to the Tsunami Evacuation Maps in your phone book,” the latest state Civil Defense message said. “If you are in a tsunami evacuation zone YOU MUST EVACUATE. If you are not in a zone stay off of the road an away form the shoreline until the all clear is sounded.”

Access tsunami evacuation maps online at www.tsunami.csc.noaa.gov/map.html

“A tsunami has been generated that could cause damage along coastlines of all islands in the state of Hawaii,” the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said in a statement just past 7 p.m. “Urgent action should be taken to protect lives and property.”

“If they are in a tsunami evacuation zone, they should evacuate immediately,” said Shelly Kunishige, of Hawaii Civil Defense. Kunishige said sirens statewide are sounding to alert residents of the warning.

The Coast Guard is leading larger boats out of small boat harbors around the state to prevent major damage, Kunishige said.

Kunishige also urged residents who don’t need to evacuate to stay off roads and phone lines.

John Cummings, spokesman for the city Department of Emergency Management, said residents along coastlines can also vertically evacuate if they are in a concrete- or steel-reinforced structure of six or more stories.

Cummings said residents should evacuate to the third floor or higher. He also said it’s unclear how severe the tsunami may be. “We could have a big wave or we could have six-inch wave. We just don’t know yet,” he said. “This is an unusual area for us to have a tsunami come from.”

He warned that all shorelines are expected to be affected by waves because of a “wraparound effect.” Meanwhile, police have begun to close roads, blocking entry to coastal areas.

The warning came at about 7:15 p.m., two hours after the warning center reported that Hawaii was not in danger of a tsunami. The center said earlier only that some coastal areas of Hawaii could experience to sea-level changes and strong or unusual currents from the quake lasting up to several hours,” the center said in a bulletin.

A tsunami is a series of long ocean waves that can flood coastal areas. The danger can continue for many hours after the initial wave arrives, the center said.

The quake in the Queen Charlotte Islands region occurred at 5:04 p.m. Hawaii time, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

The epicenter was 126 miles south-southwest of Prince Rupert, B.C., and 452 miles northwest of Vancouver.

The National Weather Service issued a warning for coastal areas of British Columbia, southern Alaska, Northern California, Oregon and Washington state. It says the warning area includes Craig and Sitka, Alaska.

A small tsunami was recorded on a deep-ocean pressure sensor, according to the West Coast/Alaska Tsunami Warning Center in Palmer, Alaska. The predicted amplitude of the waves in south central Alaska was less than a foot.

The USGS says the 7.7-magnitude quake was followed by 5.8 and 5.1-magnitude aftershocks.

The quake could be among the largest ever recorded in the Pacific Northwest, said John Vidale, director of the Pacific Northwest Seismological Network at the University of Washington. It was followed by a magnitude-5.8 aftershock, and may also be linked to a smaller quake in Montana, he said.

More aftershocks could follow.

Vidale said the quake was not on the Cascadia Subduction Zone, the giant offshore fault that scientists say will one day unleash a megaquake and tsunami similar to the double-punch that hit Japan in 2011.

But Saturday’s quake was of the type that can warp the seafloor, triggering a tsunami. “We don’t know yet how wide an area it broke,” Vidale said. The size of the seafloor displacement determines the size of the tsunami.A tsunami warning was in effect for parts of Alaska and the northern coast of British Columbia after a powerful earthquake struck off the Queen Charlotte Islands on Saturday evening.

“No destructive widespread tsunami threat exists based on historical earthquake and tsunami data,” said a bulletin from the West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center in Palmer, Alaska.

The quake, estimated at magnitude 7.7 by the U.S. Geological Survey, hit shortly after 8 p.m. Seattle time. There were no immediate reports of destruction in the sparsely populated region.

The quake could be among the largest ever recorded in the Pacific Northwest, said John Vidale, director of the Pacific Northwest Seismological Network at the University of Washington. It was followed by a magnitude-5.8 aftershock, and may also be linked to a smaller quake in Montana, he said.

More aftershocks could follow.

Vidale said the quake was not on the Cascadia Subduction Zone, the giant offshore fault that scientists say will one day unleash a megaquake and tsunami similar to the double-punch that hit Japan in 2011.

But Saturday’s quake was of the type that can warp the seafloor, triggering a tsunami. “We don’t know yet how wide an area it broke,” Vidale said. The size of the seafloor displacement determines the size of the tsunami.

The tsunami warning center’s website malfunctioned after the quake, creating initial confusion about the scope of the warning.

Jay Neher, of the National Weather Service in Seattle, said the warning applied only to the coastal areas of Alaska and British Columbia, from the north tip of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, to Cape Decision, Alaska.

The warning was expanded to cover Hawaii late Saturday night. A tsunami advisory was issued for the coast of Washington, Oregon, Northern California and Vancouver Island. An advisory means strong waves and currents are possible at the coastline, though no significant flooding is expected.

The U.S. Coast Guard in Alaska said it was trying to warn everyone with a boat on the water to prepare for a potential tsunami.

Lt. Bernard Auth of the Juneau Command Center said the Coast Guard was also working with local authorities to alert people in coastal towns to take precautions.

One Response to "Tsunami wave on way to Hawaii expected to hit 4.28 am, Oregon, California remain on high alert [Video]"

  1. writergirl.biz   November 30, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    Thanks for the update!

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