Tsunami Warning Issued for Hawaii Following 7.7 Quake off Canada

Oct. 28 (Bloomberg) -- A tsunami warning was issued for Hawaii following a 7.7-magnitude earthquake that struck off the coast of British Columbia.

The first tsunami wave may reach Hawaii at about 10:30 p.m. local time, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said in a statement on its website.

“Urgent action should be taken to protect lives and property,” according to the advisory.

A small tsunami was recorded by a deep ocean pressure sensor and a warning was issued to residents of coastal areas of Alaska and British Columbia by the Alaska Tsunami Warning Center.

“Coastal residents in the warning area who are near the beach or in low-lying regions should move immediately inland to higher ground,” the center said in a bulletin on its website.

The quake struck near Haida Gwaii, also known as the Queen Charlotte Islands, about 500 miles (800 kilometers) northwest of Vancouver, Canada.

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