All calm after tsunami scare

LIHUE — The tsunami advisory for the state of Hawaii was canceled Thursday morning as officials reported no local problems resulting from the earthquake off the coast of Chile.

However, beachgoers and boaters are urged to continue to exercise caution as sea level changes and strong or unusual currents could still occur along the coast over the next several hours.

“Before going into the water, I urge the public to check with a lifeguard,” said Ocean Safety Bureau Supervisor Kalani Vierra. “They should also watch the waves for a while and look for anything unusual.”

The Jetty Road in Nawiliwili has been reopened. The roadway was closed at 6 p.m. Wednesday as a precautionary measure.

A Tsunami Watch was issued Wednesday by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center due to an 8.3 magnitude earthquake off the coast of central Chile. The watch was later changed to an advisory.

Waves, perhaps about one meter, were estimated to reach Hawaii early Thursday.

Department of Land and Natural Resources reopened all low-lying, coastal state parks and forest areas at 8 a.m. Thursday following staff monitoring for any effects of tsunami waves from Wednesday’s earthquake in Chile. No damages were reported in any of these areas.

Small boat harbors were not closed and there were no reports of any damages.


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