Tsunami Watch Issued For Hawaii After Massive Quake in Solomon Islands – Cancelled

UPDATE: The National Weather Service and NOAA have canceled the tsunami watch for the Hawaiian Islands. We will continue to update you if more information comes in. Aloha.

All Hawaiian islands are now under a tsunami warning after an 8.0 Earthquake occurred in the Pacific Ring of Fire near the Solomon Islands.

The earthquake, which struck around 7:38 a.m. HST, measured at a preliminary magnitude of 8.0, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The epicenter was approximately 40 miles west-southwest of Kirakira.

Details are extremely limited at the moment, however NOAA estimates If tsunami waves are to impact Hawaiian islands, the estimated earliest arrival of the first tsunami wave would be 2:56 p.m. HST.

Here is a message from the National Weather Service.

"TO - EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT IN THE STATE OF HAWAII
SUBJECT - TSUNAMI WATCH
A TSUNAMI WATCH IS ISSUED FOR THE STATE OF HAWAII EFFECTIVE AT
0748 AM HST.
AN EARTHQUAKE HAS OCCURRED WITH THESE PRELIMINARY PARAMETERS
ORIGIN TIME - 0739 AM HST 08 DEC 2016
COORDINATES - 10.7 SOUTH  161.4 EAST
LOCATION    - SOLOMON ISLANDS
MAGNITUDE   - 8.0  MOMENT
EVALUATION
BASED ON ALL AVAILABLE DATA A TSUNAMI MAY HAVE BEEN GENERATED BY
THIS EARTHQUAKE THAT COULD BE DESTRUCTIVE ON COASTAL AREAS EVEN
FAR FROM THE EPICENTER. AN INVESTIGATION IS UNDERWAY TO DETERMINE
IF THERE IS A TSUNAMI THREAT TO HAWAII.
IF TSUNAMI WAVES IMPACT HAWAII THE ESTIMATED EARLIEST ARRIVAL OF
THE FIRST TSUNAMI WAVE IS
0256 PM HST THU 08 DEC 2016
FURTHER MESSAGES WILL BE ISSUED HOURLY OR SOONER AS CONDITIONS
WARRANT UNTIL THE THREAT TO HAWAII HAS PASSED."

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