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DLNR Plans Park Closures in Anticipation of Potential Tsunami

September 16, 2015, 6:33 PM HST
* Updated September 16, 6:40 PM
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Coastal and low-lying state parks and forested areas will remain closed on the Big Island and throughout the state Thursday morning in case overnight damage occurs as a result of potential strong surges generated by an 8.3 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Central Chile.

A Department of Land and Natural Resources spokesperson says that DLNR staff will go through the parks in the morning and assess ocean conditions for safety before reopening the parks.

Potential small waves reaching one to three feet, could impact Hawai’i just after 3 a.m. Thursday morning. Wave action could last from three to four hours.

The state’s small boat harbors will remain open for boat owners who wish to take their vessels out.

DLNR advises that members of the public should avoid coastal waters, beaches, and rocky shorelines.

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A Tsunami Advisory has been issued for the state of Hawai’i following a 8.3 magnitude earthquake. Detrimental damage is not expected although waves and surges are possibility.

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