About one hour ago, Reuters reported that a bulletin from the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said: “Urgent action should be taken to protect lives and property.” The warning also noted: “All shores are at risk no matter which direction they face.”
The news agency reported:
Geophysicist Victor Sardina said the Hawaii-based center was urging all countries included 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 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). 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.
Sardina said the center was looking at Hilo Bay on Hawaii Island as a worst-case scenario right now.
The center’s latest alert also said that certain areas were unlikely to be affected, noting:
THIS BULLETIN APPLIES TO AREAS WITHIN AND BORDERING THE PACIFIC OCEAN AND ADJACENT SEAS…EXCEPT ALASKA…BRITISH COLUMBIA… WASHINGTON…OREGON AND CALIFORNIA.