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Hawaii tsunami risk: Tsunamis may strike island chain after earthquake off New Zealand, agency says – Fresno, California

Fresno, California 2021-03-04 16:36:09 –

The Honolulu-Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said a tsunami could hit Hawaii later Thursday after a major earthquake in a remote area between New Zealand and Tonga.

A magnitude 8.1 earthquake struck the Kermadec Islands region at 9:28 am Hawaii time.

Officials said they were investigating whether the event poses a threat to Hawaii. If a tsunami occurs, the first wave will reach the Hawaiian Islands chain at 4:35 pm Hawaii time.

The agency issued a tsunami warning to American Samoa, but subsequently downgraded it to a recommendation.

The warning means that a tsunami is expected or is occurring that can cause widespread inundation.

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