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.

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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. (Read more earthquake stories.)

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