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The Honolulu Advertiser

Updated at 7:05 a.m., Wednesday, November 14, 2007

No Hawaii tsunami threat after 7.7 quake in Chile

Advertiser Staff

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has ended a tsunami advisory for the state of Hawaii effective as of 6:56 a.m.

A 7.7-magnitude earthquake struck 22.2 miles south and 69.9 miles west of Northern Chile at 5:41 a.m. today, a bulletin from the warning center said. It registered 7.3 on the richter scale.

A nonexpanding regional tsunami warning was issued at 5:57 a.m. for a part of the Pacific near the earthquake. The warning center said that based on all available data, there is no destructive tsunami threat to Hawai'i.

However, the warning center also said some coastal areas in Hawai'i could experience small nondestructive sea level changes and strong or unusual currents lasting up to several hours.

The estimated time such effects might begin is 7:36 p.m., the warning center said.