Updated at 11:08 p.m., Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Beachgoers asked to stay out of water
Advertiser StaffState Civil Defense is warning beachgoers to stay out of the water between 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. because of possible strong currents and potentially rough conditions brought about by the 8.1 magnitude earthquake near Japan early this morning.
A tsunami watch for the state was lifted around 5 a.m. The earthquake generated a series of small tsunamis off the shores of Japan, but were far smaller than originally anticipated.
By 7:10 a.m., Honolulu Police officers were driving through Waikiki, urging surfers and swimmers to stay out of the water, just as a precaution.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center anticipated any backlash from the earthquake to be felt in Hawai'i around 7:20 a.m.