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Tsunami advisory remains in effect for Hawaii

April 2, 2014 - 6:46am

A tsunami advisory is issued when a tsunami with the potential to generate strong currents or waves dangerous to those in or very near the water is imminent, expected, or occurring. The threat may continue for several hours after initial arrival, but significant inundation is not expected for areas under an advisory.

A tsunami advisory remains in effect for the state of Hawaii following a magnitude-8.2 earthquake that struck Tuesday afternoon off the coast of northern Chile. The first waves were expected to hit Hawaii at 3:24 a.m.

All Hawaii County beach parks remain closed until 8 a.m., according to the Hawaii County Civil Defense.

The magnitude-8.2 temblor struck at 1:47 p.m. Hawaii time, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

The earthquake was registered at a depth of 6.2 miles, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. It was located offshore of the Tarapaca region in northern Chile.

The 1:47 p.m. magnitude-8.2 earthquake was followed by 15 aftershocks ranging from magnitude-4.7 to magnitude-6.2, according to the USGS.

The magnitude-8.2 earthquake caused landslides and set off a small tsunami that forced an evacuation of coastal areas, according to The Associated Press. In the city of Arica, the mayor reported some minor injuries and said some homes made of adobe were destroyed. The quake shook modern buildings in nearby Peru and in Bolivia’s high altitude capital of La Paz.

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