HONOLULU (AFP) – The first waves to hit Hawaii from a tsunami triggered by a massive earthquake off Japan washed up onshore at Waikiki on Friday, according to live TV images.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center reported seeing wave changes at Waianae Harbor at around 3:24 a.m. (1324 GMT), shortly before the relatively small waves were seen at Waikiki.
No damage was reported from the waves, which were also reported on other islands in the Pacific archipeligo state.
Waves were measured at 1.6 feet (48 centimeters) Nawiliwili on the island of Kauai and 2.3 feet on Barbers Point on Oahu, according to officials at an emergency center in Honolulu.
The alarm had been sounded some five hours before the waves hit. Police had set up road blocks on roadways heading into inundation zones about an hour before the tsunami arrived.
Hawaii is some 4,000 miles (6,500 kilometers) east of the epicenter of Friday’s earthquake off the coast of Japan.