Kauai, Hawaii: Chile earthquake 2010 & Terremoto en Chile 2010: Death toll shoots up in Chile. Following a tsunami triggered mammoth 8.8 quake in Chile, tourists in Hawaii shores felt bad for some time. Authorities of Hawaii had warned tourists of the possible lashing out a tsunami by noon on Saturday. Tourists were largely evacuated and directed to the higher stores of hotels and resorts following tsunami warning.
But, tsunami only lashed the shores in a less-than-expected power. Tsunami waves arrived Hawaiian shores on Saturday afternoon just causing erratic pulses in the sea. The water raised up did not cause any kind of loss and damage, said Hawaiian state officials, who later canceled tsunami warning.
Soon after the quake reported in Chile in the early, tsunami warnings were issued among Hawaii tourists. People in Hawaii waited for the arrival most of the time in the morning after evacuation was completed. Officials said that tsunami waves will touch the shores as high as 3 to 10 feet in some of the areas, with first arriving at Hilo Bay on Hawaii Island at 11:05 a.m., Honolulu at 11:37, and Kauai at 11:42.
Then, what the scared and anxious tourists heard just before noon from the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Ewa Beach, Hawaii, is that tsunami has already hit the Hawaii. Later, live telecast showed the sea as having some erratic pulses, nothing more.
After wards, Hawaiian authorities withdrew the tsunami warning. Officials said that there was nothing to worry about and invited tourists back.
"There is no reason to cancel your visit," said George Applegate, the executive director of the Big Island Visitors Bureau.
In the meantime hundreds of people have been killed in the earthquake that had its epicenter near the second largest city of Concepcion. There are indications that hundreds of thousands of people have been made homeless. The city still remains mostly inaccessible as brides have been destroyed and high rise buildings flattened.