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Tsunami waves smaller than expected in Hawaii

 Mike Nakamoto of Honolulu prepare's his client's boat moored at the Ala Wai Harbor to take it to deep water after learning of a tsunami warning Satur...
 Tad Kanski of Newport Beach, Calif unties his family's sailboat moored at the Ala Wai Harbor after learning of a tsunami warning Saturday, Oct. 27, 2...
 Erica Avegalio, center, and her brother Albert Avegalio, right, load up on water and food at the Times Supermarket after learning of a tsunami warnin...

Tsunami Warning Hawaii

Mike Nakamoto of Honolulu prepare's his client's boat moored at the Ala Wai Harbor to take it to deep water after learning of a tsunami warning Satur...

Tsunami Warning Hawaii

Tad Kanski of Newport Beach, Calif unties his family's sailboat moored at the Ala Wai Harbor after learning of a tsunami warning Saturday, Oct. 27, 2...

Tsunami Warning Hawaii

Erica Avegalio, center, and her brother Albert Avegalio, right, load up on water and food at the Times Supermarket after learning of a tsunami warnin...

A senior geologist tracking a tsunami expected to hit Hawaii says the first waves hitting shore are smaller than expected.
But Gerard Fryer of the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said Saturday night that the first waves are usually not the biggest for tsunamis in Hawaii. He says it could be as long as seven hours before the warning is canceled if waves get bigger.
The National Weather Service says there are reports of water quickly receding in bays, including Hilo Bay on the Big Island.
Tsunami waves are stronger and different from normal beach waves. Fryer says 3-foot tsunami waves would be strong enough to flood two blocks in from shore and destroy property at ground level.
The warning comes after a powerful earthquake struck off the coast of Canada.


Updated : 2021-06-16 08:20 GMT+08:00