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Hawaii Under Tsunami Watch After Japan-Area Quake
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center put the Hawaiian Islands under a tsunami watch after an 8.4 earthquake struck near the Kuril Islands near Japan.
Scientists at the center said they will monitor how the quake affects Japan before deciding whether to upgrade to a tsunami warning for the state.
A 3-foot wave is expected to move onto Japan at by 8 p.m. Hawaii time, officials said. If it is not a large wave, Hawaii officials may decide to lift the tsunami watch.
A tsunami advisory is in effect for the California coast and a warning has been issued for the coast of Hawaii and Alaska's Aleutian Islands after an 8.3 magnitude earthquake in the northern Pacific.
Greg Romano of the National Weather Service in Washington D.C. told KCBS, the fact that there is just an advisory means that we just need to monitor the situation and be aware that there is a potential for a tsunami."
"Basically a warning means that all coastal residents in a warning area near the beach or lower lying areas need to move away from all harbors and inlets. A watch means that all coastal residents should prepare for a possible evacuation," Romano added.
Originally posted by rocknroll
You know, I hope I'm wrong, but I'm getting a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach over this. I hope I wake up tomorrow and hear nothing happened.