No major tsunami expected for Hawaii after 8.3-magnitude earthquake off Chile

The threat may continue for several hours

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(KHON) – No major tsunami expected for Hawaii after 8.3M earthquake off Chile.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says no major tsunami is expected for the state of Hawaii after an 8.3-magnitude earthquake that occurred of the coast of Chile.

Based on all available data a major tsunami is not expected to strike the state of Hawaii. However sea level changes and strong currents may occur along all coasts that could be a hazard to swimmers and boaters as well as to persons near the shore at beaches and in harbors and marinas.

The threat may continue for several hours after the initial wave arrival, which is expected at 3:11 a.m. HST on Thursday, Sept. 17.

Officials say warning sirens will not sound and evacuations are not necessary, but people are urged to stay off the beach and out of the water as conditions could be dangerous.

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