Tsunami warning lifted for Hawaii

State downgraded to tsunami advisory

 UPDATED 2:45 AM HST Oct 28, 2012

A tsunami warning for the state of Hawaii was lifted just after 1 a.m. Sunday, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

A tsunami warning was issued 7 p.m. Saturday following a 7.7 magnitude quake off of the west coast of Canada near British Columbia Saturday evening at 5:04 p.m. 

The quake struck on the Queen Charlotte Islands Region of British Columbia, 452 miles northwest of Vancouver and 164 miles south of Alaska.

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A tsunami warning was immediately implemented for the entire western seaboard of the United States and Canada, stretching from Alaska to the California/Mexico border. That was reduced to a regional warning to areas immediately surrounding the earthquake.

The Hawaii alert was issued at 7:09 p.m. after further buoy readings indicated that Hawaii could be impacted.

The tsunami advisory was issued at 12:54 a.m. Sunday.  Sea level changes and strong current may still occur along all coasts that could be a hazard to swimmers and boaters as well as people near the shore at beaches in harbors and marinas.  This threat may continue for several hours.

City officials are suggesting people stay out of the water during the tsunami advisory.

The state will have harbors closed during the tsunami advisory.

State officials also say that three flights were canceled on Oahu and five flights canceled on Maui due to the tsunami warning.

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