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    Hawaii orders evacuations in Pacific tsunami threat

    The government advisory put the estimated arrival time in Hawaii of a first tsunami wave 3 a.m. local time, the advisory said.Civil defense sirens blared statewide shortly before 10 p.m. local time to alert residents. "Each individual wave crest can last five to 15 minutes or more and extensively flood coastal areas," the advisory statement warned. "The danger can continue for many hours after the initial wave as subsequent waves arrive."

    The statement also said that debris carried by a tsunami could amplify its destructive force, said it warned that "urgent action should be taken to protect lives and property." The state civil defense agency ordered all coastal areas for the entire state evacuated no later than 2 a.m. local time. The evacuation zone includes the famous Waikiki Beach, the main hotel and tourist hub in Honolulu on the island of Oahu, and traffic in the area soon grew heavy.

    Lines of cars began to form at gasoline service stations on Oahu as motorists gassed up their vehicles.In the town of Kailua, police with bullhorns were urging people to higher ground.

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    by Denise Oliver Velez on Fri Mar 11, 2011 at 02:51:00 AM PST

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