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Evacuate all coastal areas immediately, Hawaii Civil Defense says?

Hawaii Civil Defense is advising all residents in tsunami inundation zones to evacuate immediately.

The alert, issued at 10:38 p.m., reads: "Leave all coastal evacuation zones immediately. Refer to Hawaiian Telcom or Paradise Pages for evacuation maps."

The earliest that hazardous waves could hit Kauai is 3:07 a.m., said civil defense. Oahu could be hit by 3:14 a.m.

A tsunami warning was issued at 9:30 p.m. for Hawaii as a result of a 8.9-magnitude earthquake near the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a tsunami watch at 7:56 p.m. after the quake struck 231 miles northeast of Tokyo


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    General information:


    Midway Island has had a 8-foot surge as of 1:15 a.m. Hawaii time/3:15 a.m. Pacific/6:15 a.m. Eastern; more waves are expected, and powerful aftershocks continue in Japan, so being cautious is very important.

    The magnitude 8.9 earthquake occurred just off the coast of Japan at:

    Friday, March 11, 2011 at 12:46:23 AM (EST) - Eastern Standard (New York, Toronto, Jamaica)

    Thursday, March 10, 2011 at 11:46:23 PM (CST) - Central Standard (Chicago, Mexico City, Costa Rica)

    Thursday, March 10, 2011 at 10:46:23 PM (MST) - Mountain Standard (Calgary, Denver, Phoenix)

    Thursday, March 10, 2011 at 09:46:23 PM (PST) - Pacific Standard (Vancouver, Los Angeles, Tijuana)

    Thursday, March 10, 2011 at 08:46:23 PM - Anchorage

    Thursday, March 10, 2011 at 07:46:23 PM - Adak

    Thursday, March 10, 2011 at 07:46:23 PM - Honolulu

    The first waves (6 - 7 feet) are expected to reach Hawaii at around 6 - 7 hours after the intial quake, and the west coast of the U.S. about 9-12 hours after the initial quake - about 2-3 a.m. Hawaii time, then around 6:00 - 7:00 for the northern Pacific Coast of the U.S. (Washington and Oregon), and about an hour or so later in California. It's getting to Washington and Oregon earlier because we're due west of Japan, while California is somewhat southwest.

    If you're anywhere in the Pacific or on the Pacific rim, keep yourself informed:

    http://wcatwc.arh.noaa.gov/2011/03/11/lhvpd9/01/we... << Expected arrival times for cities on the U.S. west coast


    Useful web sites:

    http://www.weather.gov/ptwc/ << Pacific Tsunami Warning Center

    http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww... << USGS Latest Earthquakes map; Red = in the last hour; blue = last 24 hours; yellow = last two weeks; you can click on any of them.

    http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww... << Link for this specific earthquake

    If you live in Hawaii or the U.S. Pacific coast, there ARE warnings, and about 50 other countries are also affected to some degree.

    http://www.weather.gov/ptwc/text.php?id=hawaii.201... <<< Hawaii warning text

    http://images.smh.com.au/2011/03/11/2228206/q5-600... <<< Map of times for waves to reach various points

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  • Angel
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    9 years ago

    same here in the philippines , luckily i'm not in the coastal areas!

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