Hawaii orders evacuations in Pacific tsunami threat

By REUTERS
March 11, 2011 14:26

 
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HONOLULU - Hawaii ordered evacuations of coastal areas after Friday's earthquake in Japan as a tsunami warning was extended to the entire Pacific basin, except for the US mainland and Canada.

The main airports on at least three of the major islands -- Maui, Kauai and the Big Island of Hawaii -- were shut down as a precaution, and the US Navy ordered all warships in Pearl Harbor to remain in port to support rescue missions as needed.

President Barack Obama, a native of Hawaii, was notified of the massive Japanese quake at 4 a.m./0900 GMT and instructed the Federal Emergency Management Agency to be prepared to help US states and territories, the White House said.

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