Sirens are warning across the Hawaiian Islands and residents are bracing for an expected tsunami as a result of the massive 8.8 earthquake off the coast of Chile. Authorities predict the tsunami wave should arrive at a height of over 8 feet at approximately 4:19 pm EST, 11:19 am HST.
Thousands of residents and tourists have been evacuated from coastlines and low-lying areas throughout the state, including the islands of Maui, Kauai and the most populated island, Oahu, where Honolulu lies. Hilo Bay on the island of Hawaii is said to be of extreme concern.
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NYT: No significant wave damage and tsunami warning canceled: "Tsunami waves arrived in Hawaii on Saturday afternoon, as predicted, causing erratic surges in the sea, but the impact was not nearly as great as had been feared. The rising water did not appear to cause significant property damage, officials said, and a tsunami warning was canceled.... Hawaii television news showed the tide moving in and out in Helo Bay, a spot traditionally hard hit in tsunamis. In this case, the tsunami was creating what appeared to be white-water rapids in certain spots in the harbor as the water rushed in and out. But the tsunami, which clearly had arrived, had not caused any obvious damage."