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Hawaii dodges tsunami after Chile quake


Source : http://www.reuters.com

February 27, 2010 - HONOLULU (Reuters) - Hawaii dodged serious damage on Saturday when a tsunami triggered by a powerful earthquake in Chile merely lapped ashore, although residents were warned to stay away from coastal areas because the ocean could remain unsettled for several more hours.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said it lifted its warning for the U.S. state, but added that coastal areas could still experience sea level changes or strong currents for several more hours.

As the tsunami headed toward the state in the early morning hours, Hawaii sounded warning sirens and began evacuating residents near the coastline. The Warning Center had said a tsunami could cause waves of up to 8 feet.

Civil defense officials sent firefighters and fire trucks into neighborhoods bordering the Hawaii coast, and used loud speakers to urge residents to evacuate.

Gas stations in Honolulu were jammed with lines of cars stretching a quarter of a mile in some places as residents waited to fill gas tanks before evacuating.

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