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article imageHawaii braces for tsunami following Japan quake

By Paul Bright     Mar 11, 2011 in World
The large Japan earthquake created tsunamis destroying the Honshu coast. Hawaii may be next in line for even more destruction.
Hawaii is bracing itself for an oncoming tsunami. Japan’s recent 8.9 magnitude earthquake already generated a 15-foot tsunami that crashed its coasts; now Hawaii is in the path for a possibly larger one. Tsunami warning sirens have been sounded as of Thursday, March 10, 7 pm Hawaii time. The first wave is due to arrive at 3 am Friday morning, local time.
Residents are being told to seek higher ground to prepare for the possibility of large walls of water crashing into homes and infrastructure. So far no warning has been given to the Alaskan or Californian coasts. The timing of this tsunami can be even more unfortunate for Hawaii since spring break tourists have added to the population.
The exact size and direction of the tsunami wave is unknown. Although almost all of Honshu Island’s coasts were covered by tsunami waves, the shorelines are relatively small, making it difficult to gauge the true size.
The New York Times reports: "In the Waikiki district, lines formed at gas stations and some high-end boutiques closed early.
At the 1,600-room Sheraton Waikiki Hotel, a whiteboard announcing the tsunami warning drew worried guests as well as those who posed before the board for vacation snapshots."
According to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center’s message, tsunami wave strikes can last from 5 to 15 minutes. Although the sea floor may be exposed momentarily, Hawaii residents must be aware of flooding following the drawback.
As reported earlier, the Pacific region is on watch.
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