Small Quake Tsunami Touches Hawaii

Only California is still under a tsunami advisory

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Oct 28, 2012 5:30 AM CDT | Updated Oct 28, 2012 1:50 PM CDT

(Newser) – Officials in Hawaii have canceled a tsunami advisory for the state's coastline, paving the way for beaches and harbors to reopen after widespread fears of waves generated from a powerful earthquake off the coast of Canada. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center lifted its tsunami advisory early today just before 4am local time, three hours after downgrading from a warning and less than six hours after the waves first hit the islands. The biggest waves—about 5 feet high—appeared to hit Maui. A popular triathlon set for the island was expected to go on as planned, with an ocean swim.

There are no immediate reports of damage, though one person died in a fatal crash near a road that was closed because of the threat. A 7.7-magnitude earthquake rattled the western coast of North America last night, sparking tsunami warnings for southern Alaska and western Canada. But 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.

Mike Nakamoto of Honolulu prepares his client's boat moored at the Ala Wai Harbor to take it to deep water after learning of a tsunami warning Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, in Honolulu.
Mike Nakamoto of Honolulu prepares his client's boat moored at the Ala Wai Harbor to take it to deep water after learning of a tsunami warning Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, in Honolulu.   (Eugene Tanner)
Lyndon Fong fills up his gas tank after learning of a tsunami waring Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, in Honolulu. A tsunami warning was issued for Hawaii after a 7.7-magnitude earthquake in Canada.
Lyndon Fong fills up his gas tank after learning of a tsunami waring Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, in Honolulu. A tsunami warning was issued for Hawaii after a 7.7-magnitude earthquake in Canada.   (Eugene Tanner)
Erica Avegalio and her brother Albert Avegalio load up on water and food after learning of a tsunami warning Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, in Honolulu.
Erica Avegalio and her brother Albert Avegalio load up on water and food after learning of a tsunami warning Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, in Honolulu.   (Eugene Tanner)
Tad Kanski of Newport Beach, Calif unties his family's sailboat moored at the Ala Wai Harbor after learning of a tsunami warning Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, in Honolulu. A tsunami warning has been issued for Hawaii after a 7.7-magnitude earthquake rocked an island off the west coast of Canada....
Tad Kanski of Newport Beach, Calif unties his family's sailboat moored at the Ala Wai Harbor after learning of a tsunami warning Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, in Honolulu. A tsunami warning has been issued...   (Eugene Tanner)
An earthquake struck off the coast of Canada yesterday, it's biggest temblor since 1949.
An earthquake struck off the coast of Canada yesterday, it's biggest temblor since 1949.   (Shutterstock)
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