Thousands of people who evacuated their homes along Hawaii’s coast were allowed to return Sunday after tsunami waves hit the islands with less intensity than predicted.
The highest wave was about 5 feet from peak to trough — about 2 ½ feet above sea level — on the island of Maui, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.
The waves were triggered by a 7.7 magnitude earthquake off British Columbia, which also resulted in brief tsunami warnings for southeast Alaska and the Pacific Northwest coast.
“The tsunami arrived about when we expected it should. It was a little smaller than we expected,” said Gerald Fryer, a geophysicist at the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Oahu.
The final tsunami advisory ended at 4 a.m. Hawaii time.