A 7.7 magnitude earthquake rumbled moments ago near the deep-water Marianas Trench. The Pacific Tsunami Center says that no Pacific-wide tsunami was generated by the event and there is no tsunami threat to Hawaii.
No word on damages to any land area.
Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Maria Cantwell (D-Wash), Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), and Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) announced their tsunami detection and warning systems legislation unanimously passed the Senate. The bill reauthorizes and enhances tsunami preparedness and increases investment in research to protect coastal communities.
A 6.0 earthquake off the coast of Panama at 6:40 p.m. HST has not generated a pacific-wide tsunami. It was the third temblor of magnitude 5.5 or higher in the last two days in that region. An Earthquake “Watch” – essentially for information purposes only – has been issued for the region.
The US Geological Survey also notes that no tsunami activity has been detected by deep water buoys in the so-called “ring of fire.” No further bulletins are expected on this incident.
With reports of rising water of about 1.9 feet at Kahului Harbor, officials from other operations have reported in. Pacific Tsunami Center officials say the “net effect” is a five-foot tidal surge resulting from a two-foot recession and a three-foot surge.
The PTC reports that Hawai’i has likely encountered the fourth tsunami wave as of 11:20 p.m.
Kahului Airport remains open. It is up to individual airlines regarding flight changes. Hawaiian Airlines has canceled one Maui-bound flight from Honolulu. No reports of any other flight alterations. However, Police have closed virtually all roads to and from Kahului Airport.
Gas stations have reported strong patronage, but none have reported being out of supplies. Maui Police reported clogged traffic along Kahului Beach Road and Waiehu Beach Road.
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