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Tsunami triggered by Chile quake begins affecting Hawaii

February 27, 2010 |  2:19 pm
Scientists have confirmed that the tsunami triggered by the earthquake in Chile has reached Hawaii.

The extent of the damage was not immediately clear, but the effects of the tsunami were obvious.

Water began pulling away from shore off Hilo Bay on the Big Island just before noon, exposing reefs and sending dark streaks of muddy, sandy water offshore. Water later washed over Coconut Island, a small park off the coast of Hilo.

The tsunami raced across the Pacific Ocean after the magnitude-8.8 quake hit Chile early Saturday. Officials in Hawaii had ample time to get people out of the potential disaster area, and thousands were evacuated.

-- Associated Press