HONOLULU – UPDATE Tsunami warning center says first wave has hit Hawaii. The state is still expecting second, third and forth wave. A bit of good news; the Marine Corps Base Hawaii has evacuated a tsunami evacuation zone of approximately 1,700 Marines, sailors and their families. Military police are clearing the neighborhood to ensure all families have evacuated.
UPDATE 10:27pm: The first tsunami waves are predicted to arrive at any minute.
UPDATE 10:26pm: No evacuations are in effect at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. There is currently no threat to the base population. Reminder to stay away from the water. Updated information will be shared as it becomes available.
UPDATE 10:17pm: On Kauai, please note that the King Kaumualii Elementary School holding area is full. Persons in the Lihue and Hanamaulu area should go to Wilcox Elementary School if they need to be in a holding area.
UPDATE 10:14pm: Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle: Our concern now is those still in cars stuck in traffic in inundation zones. It might be a better idea to get out of car and evacuate on foot. Assess your own situation. Anyone still in an evacuation center, take immediate steps for your safety.
UPDATE 10:08pm: For a list of precautionary measures provided by the Hawaiian Electric Company, click here.
UPDATE 10:07pm: For a list of evacuation centers on Kauai, click here.
UPDATE: 10:06pm: This is a Civil Defense message for Saturday October 27, 2012 at 9:48 PM HST. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has issued a Tsunami Warning for the State of Hawaii. An Earthquake with a magnitude of 7.7 has occurred near British Columbia, Canada. A tsunami warning is in effect for the Island of Hawaii. The first wave has an estimated time of arrival on Saturday October 27, 2012 at 10:28 PM HST. All low coastal areas are at risk and must be evacuated immediately. Wave heights cannot be predicted and the series of waves may last several hours. Be prepared to remain out of the evacuated area for an extended period of time. I say again, you are ordered to evacuate all low-lying coastal areas immediately. We request that anyone not in the evacuation area stay off the roads and highways to facilitate evacuation efforts. Stay tuned to your local radio station for updates. You will be notified as conditions change. This is your Hawaii County Civil Defense.
UPDATE 10:04pm: Hawaiian Telcom reminds the public to keep their use of telephones to urgent needs only, and then keep those calls as short as possible.
Circuits need to be kept as open as possible for first responders and other emergency needs.
Hawaiian Telcom has activated our emergency operations, and we are carefully monitoring our network. Our network is fully operational but experiencing high call volume.
UPDATE 9:45pm: For a list of evacuation centers on Oahu, click here.
UPDATE 9:42pm: Lahainaluna High School gymnasium on Maui is now open as an evacuation center. Also, as of 9:30 p.m. all roads connecting to tsunami evacuation zones on Maui have been CLOSED. Repeat, all roads connecting to tsunami evacuation zones have been closed as of 9:30 p.m.
UPDATE 9:26pm: Emergency Medical Services officials asking drivers to stay off the roads if they are not evacuating an inundation zone, as the traffic is impairing their ability to respond to emergencies.
UPDATE 9:20pm: Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle says those on higher ground should remain there so as not to impede those trying to evacuate, and that no matter where you are. to take precautions. Carlisle is speaking live on the Hawaii News Now Livestream.
State Civil Defense officials have issued a tsunami warning for the state of Hawaii following a 7.7 magnitude earthquake near the Queen Charlotte Islands off the coast of British Columbia on Saturday evening.
The state Civil Defense Agency says any individuals in inundation zones should evacuate immediately.
The earthquake happened at just after 5 p.m. Hawaii time. It had a depth of 17 kilometers.
According to the Department of Emergency Management, a tsunami has been generated that could cause damage along coastlines of all islands in the state of Hawaii. Urgent action should be taken to protect lives and property.
The Department of Land and Natural Resources says that anyone with a boat in a state small boat harbor should be taking their vessel out and getting to deep water before the first wave hits. Be sure to have working radio, water, food, fuel and be prepared to stay in the deep water until there is an all clear issued.
Anyone who is camping at a state park on a coastline needs to evacuate right away
The first waves are expected to hit Hawaiian shores at approximately 10:28 p.m. on Saturday.