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Hawaii Tsunami Warning Cancelled

Hawaii Tsunami Warning Cancelled ( The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) has cancelled the TSUNAMI WARNING for the State of Hawaii effective 1:50 p.m. HST, Saturday, February 27. The WARNING was based on an 8.8 magnitude earthquake in Chile that occurred at 8:46 p.m. HST, Friday, February 26, 2010. It is up to each county civil defense agency or emergency management agency to issue the “all clear” for their respective county.

Operations at Hilo International Airport are being restored now and the airport will open to the public shortly. The access road to Kahului Airport has also been reopened and passengers are free to leave the terminal.

The State also advises boaters and ocean recreation users to exercise caution as ocean conditions may still be affected by strong currents.

PTWC observed some increases in wave height with the highest reported height being at Kahului at 3.2 ft. Wave activity has calmed, prompting the cancellation of the TSUNAMI WARNING.

Governor Linda Lingle signed an emergency proclamation earlier today.

“We were extremely fortunate and thank goodness our State came through this without any reported incidents,” said Governor Lingle. “Our hearts go out to those who lost their lives and those injured in yesterday’s earthquake in Chile.”

State Civil Defense Public Information Office: 808-733-4300. Lenny Klompus, Senior Advisor - Communications: 808-586-7708 Russell Pang, Chief of Media Relations: 808-586-0043

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