No Tsunami Threat following a magnitude 8.1 earthquake that occurred in the region of Kermadec Islands, New Zealand Thursday morning (March 4th), and Tsunami Watch for the Island of Hawaii has been canceled as of Thursday afternoon.
Published by: HIRSC - Weather Team
The United States Geological Survey (USGS) reports a magnitude 8.1 earthquake occurred in the region of the Kermadec Islands, New Zealand at 9:28 am Hawaii Standard Time (HST) Thursday morning (March 4th).
Based on all assessments completed by United States Tsunami Warning Center (USTWC), Joint Australia Tsunami Warning Centre (JATWC), and Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC), There is NO TSUNAMI THREAT TO THE ISLAND OR STATE OF HAWAI'I. Again, NO TSUNAMI THREAT.
Initially, the State and Island of Hawaii were under Tsunami Watch, however, was later canceled at 12:20 pm Thursday afternoon.
All West Hawaii Beaches and Beach Parks (From Keokea Beach Park in North Kohala to Ho'okena Beach Park in South Kona) have been closed as of 2:00 pm Thursday afternoon as a precautionary measure due to the possibility of strong currents and riptides along the western shores of Hawaii Island. There is still no tsunami threat from the earthquake, but closure was done as a precaution.
This will be the only and final statement related to this event.