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HONOLULU, Hawaii – A tsunami advisory is issued for the State of Hawaii effective as of 5:45 p.m. HST following the magnitude 8.2 earthquake off the coast of northern Chile.
Based on all available data, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says a major tsunami is not expected to strike the State of Hawaii. However, sea level changes and strong currents may occur along all coasts that could be a hazard to swimmers and boaters as well as to persons near the shore at beaches and in harbors and marinas. The threat may continue for several hours after the initial wave arrival, the center says.
The estimated time of arrival of the initial wave is 3:24 a.m. HST on Wednesday April 2nd.
Closer to the epicenter of the earthquake, the largest measured tsunami wave heights were 6.9 feet, and hit Iquique, Chile. 6.6 foot waves were measured in Pisagua.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says further messages will be issued hourly or sooner as conditions warrant until the threat to Hawaii has passed.