Tsunami Watch Issued for Hawaii

Following a major earthquake in Chile, the national weather service has issued a Tsunami watch for Hawaii. According this update (read the full text below) from the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, there is no major tsunami expected to strike Hawaii. Please pray for those who may be in the evacuation zones to take steps to prepare themselves for a Tsunami.  Pray for the people in Chile following this major earthquake.

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TSUNAMI MESSAGE NUMBER   4
NWS PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER EWA BEACH HI
324 PM HST WED SEP 16 2015

TO - EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT IN THE STATE OF HAWAII

SUBJECT - TSUNAMI ADVISORY

A TSUNAMI ADVISORY IS ISSUED FOR THE STATE OF HAWAII EFFECTIVE
AT 0323 PM HST.

AN EARTHQUAKE HAS OCCURRED WITH THESE PRELIMINARY PARAMETERS

   ORIGIN TIME - 1254 PM HST 16 SEP 2015
   COORDINATES - 31.5 SOUTH   72.0 WEST
   LOCATION    - NEAR THE COAST OF CENTRAL CHILE
   MAGNITUDE   - 8.3  MOMENT

MEASUREMENTS OR REPORTS OF TSUNAMI WAVE ACTIVITY

 GAUGE LOCATION        LAT   LON    TIME        AMPL         PER
 -------------------  ----- ------  -----  ---------------  -----
 CHANARAL CL          26.4S  70.6W  0043Z   1.09M /  3.6FT  30MIN
 TALTAL CL            25.4S  70.5W  0018Z   0.25M /  0.8FT  38MIN
 TALCAHUANO CL        36.7S  73.1W  0020Z   0.42M /  1.4FT  84MIN
 DART 32401           20.5S  73.4W  0020Z   0.06M /  0.2FT  48MIN
 SAN FELIX CL         26.3S  80.1W  0019Z   0.50M /  1.6FT  06MIN
 VALPARAISO CL        33.0S  71.6W  2350Z   1.62M /  5.3FT  40MIN
 JUAN FERNANDEZ       33.6S  78.8W  0008Z   0.97M /  3.2FT  08MIN
 COQUIMBO CL          30.0S  71.3W  2339Z   3.11M / 10.2FT  20MIN
 BUCALEMU CL          34.6S  72.0W  2334Z   0.46M /  1.5FT  24MIN
 CALDERA CL           27.1S  70.8W  2343Z   0.50M /  1.6FT  30MIN
 SAN ANTONIO CL       33.6S  71.6W  2358Z   0.86M /  2.8FT  18MIN
 DART 32402           26.7S  74.0W  2326Z   0.12M /  0.4FT  36MIN

 LAT  - LATITUDE (N-NORTH, S-SOUTH)
 LON  - LONGITUDE (E-EAST, W-WEST)
 TIME - TIME OF THE MEASUREMENT (Z IS UTC IS GREENWICH TIME)
 AMPL - TSUNAMI AMPLITUDE MEASURED RELATIVE TO NORMAL SEA LEVEL.
        IT IS ...NOT... CREST-TO-TROUGH WAVE HEIGHT.
        VALUES ARE GIVEN IN BOTH METERS(M) AND FEET(FT).
 PER  - PERIOD OF TIME IN MINUTES(MIN) FROM ONE WAVE TO THE NEXT.

 NOTE - DART MEASUREMENTS ARE FROM THE DEEP OCEAN AND THEY
        ARE GENERALLY MUCH SMALLER THAN WOULD BE COASTAL
         MEASUREMENTS AT SIMILAR LOCATIONS.

EVALUATION

 BASED ON ALL AVAILABLE DATA A MAJOR TSUNAMI IS NOT EXPECTED TO
 STRIKE THE STATE OF HAWAII. HOWEVER...SEA LEVEL CHANGES AND
 STRONG CURRENTS MAY OCCUR ALONG ALL COASTS THAT COULD BE A HAZARD
 TO SWIMMERS AND BOATERS AS WELL AS TO PERSONS NEAR THE SHORE AT
 BEACHES AND IN HARBORS AND MARINAS.  THE THREAT MAY CONTINUE FOR
 SEVERAL HOURS AFTER THE INITIAL WAVE ARRIVAL.

 THE ESTIMATED TIME OF ARRIVAL OF THE INITIAL WAVE IS

                     0311 AM HST THU 17 SEP 2015

FURTHER MESSAGES WILL BE ISSUED HOURLY OR SOONER AS CONDITIONS
WARRANT UNTIL THE THREAT TO HAWAII HAS PASSED.
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