The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a Tsunami Watch for the Hawaiian Islands following a magnitude 8.1 earthquake reported at 9:28 am (HST) in the Kermadec Islands region northeast of New Zealand.
Maui County Mayor Michael Victorino issued the following statement today:
“The islands of Maui County are currently under a Tsunami Watch. A watch means that a tsunami may impact our area. I urge all residents to remain vigilant as we await additional information from the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. The earliest estimate for tsunami arrival to Hawaii is 4:35 pm. The Maui Emergency Management Agency will provide updates as more information become available.”