HONOLULU -- Hawaii teams are beginning to assess the damage Friday morning after a tsunami connection with a powerful 8.9-magnitude earthquake off Japan.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center downgraded the tsunami warning to an advisory at about 7:30 a.m. The tsunami surge caused heavy damage to La Mariana at Keehi Lagoon.
Gerard Fryer of the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said changing to an advisory means the danger had lowered, but "stay away from the water."
At La Mariana pier area in Keehi Lagoon, about 150 boats were damaged. The tsunami surge tossed boats tied to the piers.
At Kahului Harbor on Maui, the surge went in 1/3 of a mile, Fryer said. On Maui, county officials reported flooding on streets and debris on shore areas. They also said some sewer lines were broken by tsunami surges.
One of the largest surges was reported at Napoopoo on the Big Island, where the tsunami went 100 feet inland, officials said.
Off the Diamond Head area of Oahu saw some of the most evident changes. The water was sucked out more than 100 yards from shore followed by waves that pushed back to the shoreline.
Posted on 05/29/2015 at 02:03:00 PM