“The wave, we know, is on its way.”
February 27, 2010 Leave a comment
Geophysicist Victor Sardina said the Hawaii-based center was urging all countries included in the warning to take the threat very seriously.
“Everybody is under a warning because the wave, we know, is on its way. Everybody is at risk now,” he said in a telephone interview.
The warning follows a huge earthquake in Chile that killed at least 82 people and triggered tsunamis up and down the coast of the earthquake-prone country.
The center estimates the first tsunami, which is a series of several waves in succession, will hit Hawaii at 11:19 a.m. Hawaii time (4:19 p.m. EST) in the town of Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaii, with waves in Honolulu at 11:52 a.m.
Sardina said the Hawaiian islands could expect waves of six feet (two meters) in some places. Other estimates have been higher but he could not confirm those were likely.