27 February 2010

Tsunami Warning in Effect for Hawai'i

FOR CURRENT INFORMATION ON TSUNAMI ADVISORIES

Pacific Tsunami Warning Center

(below relates to 28 Feb 2010 tsunami advisory)
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readers in Hawai'i, please leave tsunami inundation zones and go to higher ground. even if the tsunami is only 6 inches high, it's better to be safe than a sorry repeat of Hilo 1946!

Tsunami Warning

HIZ001>003-005>009-012>014-016>021-023>026-271954-
/O.CON.PHEB.TS.W.0001.100227T1754Z-000000T0000Z/

BULLETIN
TSUNAMI MESSAGE NUMBER 14
NWS PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER EWA BEACH HI
753 AM HST SAT FEB 27 2010

TO - CIVIL DEFENSE IN THE STATE OF HAWAII

SUBJECT - TSUNAMI WARNING SUPPLEMENT

A TSUNAMI WARNING CONTINUES IN EFFECT FOR THE STATE OF HAWAII.

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EVALUATION

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.

A TSUNAMI IS A SERIES OF LONG OCEAN WAVES. EACH INDIVIDUAL WAVE
CREST CAN LAST 5 TO 15 MINUTES OR MORE AND EXTENSIVELY FLOOD
COASTAL AREAS. THE DANGER CAN CONTINUE FOR MANY HOURS AFTER THE
INITIAL WAVE AS SUBSEQUENT WAVES ARRIVE. TSUNAMI WAVE HEIGHTS
CANNOT BE PREDICTED AND THE FIRST WAVE MAY NOT BE THE LARGEST.
TSUNAMI WAVES EFFICIENTLY WRAP AROUND ISLANDS. ALL SHORES ARE AT
RISK NO MATTER WHICH DIRECTION THEY FACE. THE TROUGH OF A TSUNAMI
WAVE MAY TEMPORARILY EXPOSE THE SEAFLOOR BUT THE AREA WILL
QUICKLY FLOOD AGAIN. EXTREMELY STRONG AND UNUSUAL NEARSHORE
CURRENTS CAN ACCOMPANY A TSUNAMI. DEBRIS PICKED UP AND CARRIED
BY A TSUNAMI AMPLIFIES ITS DESTRUCTIVE POWER. SIMULTANEOUS HIGH
TIDES OR HIGH SURF CAN SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASE THE TSUNAMI HAZARD.

THE ESTIMATED ARRIVAL TIME IN HAWAII OF THE FIRST TSUNAMI WAVE IS

1105 AM HST SAT 27 FEB 2010

MESSAGES WILL BE ISSUED HOURLY OR SOONER AS CONDITIONS WARRANT.


SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HONOLULU HI
723 AM HST SAT FEB 27 2010

HIZ001>028-272030-
NIIHAU-KAUAI WINDWARD-KAUAI LEEWARD-KAUAI MOUNTAINS-
OAHU SOUTH SHORE-WAIANAE COAST-OAHU NORTH SHORE-OAHU KOOLAU-
OLOMANA-CENTRAL OAHU-WAIANAE MOUNTAINS-MOLOKAI WINDWARD-
MOLOKAI LEEWARD-LANAI MAKAI-LANAI MAUKA-KAHOOLAWE-
MAUI WINDWARD WEST-MAUI LEEWARD WEST-MAUI CENTRAL VALLEY-
WINDWARD HALEAKALA-LEEWARD HALEAKALA-HALEAKALA SUMMIT-KONA-
SOUTH BIG ISLAND-BIG ISLAND NORTH AND EAST-KOHALA-
BIG ISLAND INTERIOR-BIG ISLAND SUMMITS-
723 AM HST SAT FEB 27 2010

...TSUNAMI WARNING IN EFFECT...

A STRONG EARTHQUAKE IN CHILE HAS CREATED A PACIFIC-WIDE
TSUNAMI...AND A TSUNAMI WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR THE STATE OF
HAWAII. URGENT ACTION SHOULD BE TAKEN TO PROTECT LIFE AND
PROPERTY. THE FIRST WAVE IS ESTIMATED TO ARRIVE IN HAWAII AT 1105
AM HST THIS MORNING AND UNUSUAL WAVE ACTION IS POSSIBLE FOR
SEVERAL HOURS. EXACT TSUNAMI HEIGHTS CANNOT BE PREDICTED.

A TSUNAMI IS A SERIES OF LONG OCEAN WAVES...AND ARE NOT SURFABLE
WAVES. ALL SHORES ARE AT RISK NO MATTER WHICH DIRECTION THEY FACE...
AND YOU SHOULD REMAIN WELL AWAY FROM THE COASTLINE UNTIL THE TSUNAMI
THREAT SUBSIDES...AS EXTREMELY STRONG AND UNUSUAL NEAR SHORE CURRENTS
ARE POSSIBLE. DEBRIS PICKED UP AND CARRIED BY A TSUNAMI ALSO POSES
A SIGNIFICANT THREAT.

TSUNAMI WAVES ARE AMPLIFIED AS THEY ENTER HARBORS AND BAYS...AND
BOATERS SHOULD PREPARE FOR SIGNIFICANT SURGES IN HARBORS SUCH AS
HONOLULU...NAWILILI...HALEIWA...KAHULUI...HILO...AND KAWAIHAE.
BOATS ARE SAFER OUT OF THE HARBOR AND BOATERS SHOULD TAKE
IMMEDIATE ACTION TO MOVE THEIR VESSELS TO SAFETY.

TSUNAMI EVACUATION MAPS CAN BE FOUND IN THE FRONT OF THE WHITE
PAGES. FOLLOW THE ADVICE OF YOUR LOCAL CIVIL DEFENSE OFFICIALS AND
STAY TUNED TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO OR YOUR LOCAL MEDIA FOR FURTHER
UPDATES. THIS STATEMENT WILL BE UPDATED AS ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
BECOMES AVAILABLE FROM THE PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER.

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