HONOLULU — National Weather Service (NWS) has placed Hawai‘i under a tsunami watch and the first wave is expected to impact the state this afternoon at 4:35 p.m.
At 9:28 this morning, an earthquake with a magnitude of 8.1 hit the Kermadec Islands which notified NWS of a tsunami warning in Hawai‘i.
Red Cross Kauai Director of Disaster Services Padraic Gallagher said the Red Cross does not open shelters for tsunami watches or warnings.
“We don’t want to direct people to certain locations,” Gallagher said in a Thursday morning statement. “Only that they get to higher ground, if necessary.”