News Release: Pacific Tsunami Warning Center Cancels Tsunami Advisory for Hawaiʻi

Posted on Jan 15, 2022 in Information and News Releases, News Stories

Pacific Tsunami Warning Center Cancels Tsunami Advisory for Hawaiʻi

For Immediate Release: Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022                                                  Release No. 2022-004

HONOLULU – The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center canceled the Tsunami Advisory for the State of Hawaiʻi at 8 a.m. HST on Saturday, Jan. 15.

At this time, no casualaties, injuries, or major damage has been reported, but the Hawai’i Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA) will continue to work with local partners to assess any damages and impacts.

The original Tsunami Advisory was issued at 12:40 a.m. HST on Saturday, Jan. 15, as a result of the eruption at the Hunga-Tong-Hunga-Ha’apai volcano in Tonga.

Although no major tsunami was expected to strike Hawai‘i, the water displaced by the volcanic activity caused unusual sea level changes and alterations to typical sea currents starting at about 1:05 a.m. Saturday.

The State Emergency Operations Center at HI-EMA was partially activated to monitor the evolving situation.

While the advisory has been canceled, swimmers and boaters, as well as people on shore in coastal areas are advised to use caution and to follow their local emergency management officials to know when it is safe to return to the water.

Contact information to sign up for alerts can be found at https://dod.hawaii.gov/hiema/get-ready/

Find additional information about Hawai‘i hazards on HI-EMA’s Know Your Hazards map, found at  https://dod.hawaii.gov/hiema/know-your-hazards/

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CONTACT: 

Adam Weintraub
Communications Director
Hawai`i Emergency Management Agency
3949 Diamond Head Rd. Honolulu, HI
[email protected]

808-620-5417