7.7 Magnitude Earthquake Causes Water Surges

Yuki Zbytovsky, Reporter

On Saturday night, Canada’s coastal province of British Columbia was hit by a 7.7 magnitude earthquake and caused a small tsunami that was headed in our direction. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said it was luckily not a destructive tsunami, but warnings were issued anyway throughout the islands of Hawaii. Restaurants, shops, and clubs shut down right after and caused bumper-to-bumper traffic jams in Honolulu, and confusion on the other islands. Residents in low lying areas were also evacuated causing more turmoil.

The tsunami was predicted to arrive at 10:28 PM and sirens were going off everywhere. The warning that was issued stated that the waves could surge between 3 and 6 feet but it turned out that the largest wave recorded that night on the islands was about 2.5 feet above regular sea level.

Although the tsunami wasn’t as big as expected, officials stayed extremely cautions. They did not allow evacuated residents to return to their homes until 1:00 AM, and issued a tsunami advisory to keep Hawaii citizens  aware of the dangers. Through past experiences, Hawaii officials know that the after effects and surges of a tsunami can continue through several days.