A tsunami warning was issued for Hawaii and surrounding areas Thursday in the hours after an 8.1 magnitude earthquake struck off the northeast coast of New Zealand.
The watch from the National Weather Service’s Tsunami Warning System was ordered for Hawaii at 12:24 p.m. PT, or 3:24 p.m. ET.
The alert said that the waves could hit Hawaii later in the afternoon, with the weather center adding that it was continuing to investigate a potential tsunami threat.
The warning center is also reviewing data to determine if there is a threat to California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska and British Columbia.
A TSUNAMI WATCH has been issued for Hawaii. A Watch means a tsunami may impact Hawaii. The threat is still being evaluated by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. Monitor TV, radio and official social media.
KNOW if you are in an EVACUATION RED ZONE. https://t.co/716pXxq7kb
— Oahu Emergency Mgmt. (@Oahu_DEM) March 4, 2021
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