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8.2 Chile earthquake causes potential tsunami in Hawai'i

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At 5:00 P.M. Hawaii Standard Time Tuesday, it was reported that an 8.2 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of northern Chile today by CNN. This quake has caused a tsunami advisory issued in the state of Hawaii according to Hawaii News Now, which is more than 6,600 miles away.

If a tsunami reaches the Hawaiian Islands, it will reach the Aloha State at approximately 3:25 A.M. while majority of the residents in the state would normally be asleep. While this is not projected to be a huge threat, tsunamis have potential to do much damage to the coastal areas, especially the evacuation zones.

There are many businesses that are in the evacuation zone, like at Ala Moana Center, Ward Centers, and many others around the islands. It is vital that these businesses have tsunami preparedness plans in place. With the projected arrival time a few hours away, it is a good idea to review these plans and inform the necessary individuals involved in these plans.

Residents in the evacuation zone should also be prepared. Keep updated with the results of the tsunami as it gets closer and determine as it gets closer if you need to get to higher ground. In addition, make wise choices when deciding whether to stay in the evacuation zone or to go somewhere safer.