Tsunami Wave Hits Hawaii, Expected to Reach U.S. Coast in Next Few Hours

A wave spawned by an 8.9 magnitude earthquake which struck Japan on Friday morning has reached the Hawaiian island of Kauai and swept over others, while residents in coastal regions of Hawaii are being evacuated in anticipation of waves in excess of six foot.

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Wave surges were seen at Waikiki beach at around 3:20 a.m. (8:20 a.m. ET), local station KHON2 reported, posting video of the wave on its website.

Waves are predicted to hit the western coast of the United States between 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. ET Friday. People near the beach and in low-lying coastal areas of Point Conception in Santa Barbara County were told to move immediately inland to higher ground.

“It is very possible there may be some evacuations here,” California Emergency Management Agency spokesman Jordan Scott said by telephone from Oakland. He added that the far northern California area near the Oregon border was most likely to see big waves.

Citizens in all coastal areas have been ordered to evacuate to shelters or higher ground, while in Hawaii’s tourist district visitors have been moved to higher floors of their hotels.

Evacuation zones for Hawaii have been published on the Pacific Disaster Center’s website. Click here to go to that page.

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Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie ordered the evacuation of coastal areas. Through the night, residents waited on lines to buy gas, bottled water, canned food and generators.

The tsunami hit Japan Friday afternoon local time and according to experts is traveling across the Pacific Ocean at speeds of 500 mph, as fast as a jet airplane.

Sirens went off in some Oregon coast towns, warning residents to move to higher ground.

Waves are predicted to hit the western coast of the United States between 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. EST Friday.

A 4.2 magnitude earthquake also reportedly struck Hawaii at 4 a.m. ET.

Currently, Tsunami warnings have been issued for the entire western coast of the United States and Canada. Warnings have also been issued for Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and Central and South America.

For more Care2 coverage of the Japan earthquake and resulting Tsunami warnings, please click here.

This is a developing story and may be added to. Updates will appear below the fold.

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William C
William C3 days ago

Thanks for the information.

W. C
W. C4 days ago

Thank you for the information.

caroline g.
Caroline g6 years ago

Our thoughts and best wishes to the honorable people of Japan.
Someone I was talking to mentioned how well behaved people are there is this disaster. No reports of looting of other dishonorable things that would be happening here in the USA. Let's hope we can meet their attitude in helping each other instead of taking advantage.

Anne-Marie V.
Anne-Marie Vogl6 years ago

Our Deepest Prayers Being Sent From Canada To The People & Residents Of Hawaii... May GOD Protect...

Fred Urbasek
Past Member 6 years ago

See what happens when you elect a Hawaiian Pres.

Robert O.
Robert O6 years ago

Thank you.

Gina P.
Regina P6 years ago

Everyone keeps asking for pictures from my 2 children who live there. I have to remind them that it's dark at 4 am even in Hawaii!

Marilyn L.
Marilyn L6 years ago


Judith Valente
Judith Valente6 years ago

As I have stated five years ago: "It's all happening (the tremors begin there) in New Zealand." Watch the news there.
I also felt a wave of souls' emotions after the Japan tragedy.
Please, pray for their families and friends. They need it badly.

Gloria H.
Gloria H6 years ago

Old news. It already hit Brookings Oregon. About 34 boats lost.