Update 3:00 p.m. Thursday, Mar. 4, 2021 - Agency cancels Hawaii tsunami watch after huge Pacific quake
HONOLULU (AP) - The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center cancelled a tsunami watch for Hawaii that was issued after a huge earthquake occurred in a remote area between New Zealand and Tonga. The agency previously cancelled a tsunami warning it had issued for American Samoa. The magnitude 8.1 quake struck the Kermadec Islands region. The quake forced thousands of people to evacuate in New Zealand but did not appear to pose a widespread threat to lives or major infrastructure. It was the largest in a series of tremors that hit the region over several hours, including two earlier quakes that registered magnitude 7.4 and magnitude 7.3.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) - A powerful magnitude 8.1 earthquake has struck in the ocean off the coast of New Zealand, prompting thousands of people to evacuate and triggering tsunami warnings across the South Pacific.
The quake was the largest in a series of tremors that struck the region over several hours Friday, including two earlier quakes that registered magnitude 7.4 and magnitude 7.3.
While the quakes triggered warning systems and caused traffic jams and some chaos in New Zealand as people scrambled to get to higher ground, they didn't appear to pose a widespread threat to lives or major infrastructure.
That’s because of the remoteness of where they hit.
(Copyright 2021 The Associated Press)
*Note: There is now a tsunami watch in place for the Hawaiian Islands following the significant earthquake in New Zealand.