Friday, March 11, 2011

Breaking News: First tsunami waves push into Hawaii after 8.9 Earthquake and tsunami hit Japan

(CNN) -- Tsunami waves began rolling into Hawaii early Friday, with readings of between 6 and 8 feet expected in some areas following the giant earthquake that struck Japan. Communities along much of the U.S. West Coast were under tsunami warnings, too.

The first impact in Hawaii was felt shortly after 3:07 a.m. local time (8:07 a.m. ET), according to Hawaii State Civil Defense, which issued a tsunami warning.

At 3:30 a.m., television images in Honolulu showed an increase in water coming ashore.

The National Weather Service said the waves could hit Oregon and California between 7:15 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. local time (10:15-10:30 a.m. ET).


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