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  1. #1 Hawaii Officials Sound Sirens to Alert Coastal Residents to Evacuate Ahead of Potenti 
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    Quote Originally Posted by FoxNews
    Hawaiian authorities sounded sirens to alert residents to evacuate coastal areas ahead of a tsunami generated by a major earthquake that hit Chile.

    The sirens sounded through the pre-dawn dark on all Hawaii's islands at 6 a.m. (11 a.m. ET), alerting people in coastal areas of the need to retreat to higher ground.
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    I made this separate breaking news story from the original earthquake one due to the fact I have heard reports that this tsunami has the very good potential to reach 15-20 feet high. If that happens, this will quickly become a major catastrophe.

    Here in Washington, they have also sounded a low tsunami warning for the coast as this tsunami will definitely not reach the height of the one to hit Hawaii but does have the potential for very dangerous coastal currents.
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    From the Pacific Tsunami Center

    EVALUATION

    A TSUNAMI HAS BEEN GENERATED THAT COULD CAUSE DAMAGE ALONG
    COASTLINES OF ALL ISLANDS IN THE STATE OF HAWAII. URGENT ACTION
    SHOULD BE TAKEN TO PROTECT LIVES AND PROPERTY.

    A TSUNAMI IS A SERIES OF LONG OCEAN WAVES. EACH INDIVIDUAL WAVE
    CREST CAN LAST 5 TO 15 MINUTES OR MORE AND EXTENSIVELY FLOOD
    COASTAL AREAS. THE DANGER CAN CONTINUE FOR MANY HOURS AFTER THE
    INITIAL WAVE AS SUBSEQUENT WAVES ARRIVE. TSUNAMI WAVE HEIGHTS
    CANNOT BE PREDICTED AND THE FIRST WAVE MAY NOT BE THE LARGEST.
    TSUNAMI WAVES EFFICIENTLY WRAP AROUND ISLANDS. ALL SHORES ARE AT
    RISK NO MATTER WHICH DIRECTION THEY FACE. THE TROUGH OF A TSUNAMI
    WAVE MAY TEMPORARILY EXPOSE THE SEAFLOOR BUT THE AREA WILL
    QUICKLY FLOOD AGAIN. EXTREMELY STRONG AND UNUSUAL NEARSHORE
    CURRENTS CAN ACCOMPANY A TSUNAMI. DEBRIS PICKED UP AND CARRIED
    BY A TSUNAMI AMPLIFIES ITS DESTRUCTIVE POWER. SIMULTANEOUS HIGH
    TIDES OR HIGH SURF CAN SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASE THE TSUNAMI HAZARD.
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    Elsewhere in that report, nearby towns had waves reaching 5ft. This is bad because if waves reached that height in such a short time before landfall, the waves heading towards Hawaii could very well be over 20ft in height.
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    So now we have estimates ranging from 6ft to 60ft. :eek:

    Hopefully it'll be 2ft.
    May the FORCE be with you!
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    Holy Hell...
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    No Giant Waves??? :(

    No Destruction?? :(

    No Death? :(

    :D
    May the FORCE be with you!
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    I had a feeling this was going to happen. All the hype (with fairly good reason), but no cigar as far as any wave worth noting.

    Next time people will ignore the warnings.
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