Update: Sunday, Oct. 28
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie says a tsunami warning that spurred coastal evacuations statewide is being downgraded to a tsunami advisory, ending the threat of serious damage.
Abercrombie said early Sunday that the Aloha State was lucky to avoid more severe surges after a powerful earthquake struck off the coast of Canada.
Abercrombie says beaches and harbors are still closed statewide.
Meanwhile, the National Weather Service canceled tsunami advisories for Canada and Oregon, leaving northern California as the only spot in North America still under a tsunami advisory.
HONOLULU (AP) — A tsunami warning has been issued for Hawaii after a 7.7-magnitude earthquake rocked an island off the west coast of Canada Saturday.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center originally said there was no threat to the islands, but a warning was issued later Saturday and remains in effect until 7 p.m. Sunday. A small craft advisory is in effect until Sunday morning.
A small tsunami prompted state and federal officials to warn people in southeast Alaska and down the Canadian coast to take precautions.
The temblor shook the Charlotte Islands area on Saturday night, followed by a 5.8-magnitude aftershock several minutes later.
The center says the first tsunami wave could hit the islands by about 10:30 p.m. local time (1:30 a.m. PDT Sunday).
The Pacific Tusnami Warning Center has issued a warning for all islands of Hawaii after a strong earthquake shook an island off the west coast of Canada. The estimated time for the first tsunami wave to arrive is 10:28 local time.
Just before 11 p.m., the tsunami advisory was also modified to include the coastal areas of California and Oregon from Gualala Point in California (80 miles NW of San Francisco) to the Douglas-Lane County line in Oregon (10 miles SW of Florence).
A tsunami advisory is in effect for the coast of British Columbia from the Washington border to the north tip of Vancouver Island, according to tsunami.gov.
Coastal areas of southern Alaska are under a tsunami warning after a strong earthquake shook an island off the west coast of Canada.
The U.S. Geological Survey says a 7.7-magnitude earthquake shook the Queen Charlotte Islands area on Saturday night, followed by a 5.8-magnitude aftershock several minutes later.
The National Weather Service updated its warning to include only some areas of western Canada and some Alaska cities, including Craig and Sitka.
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