First Waves of Tsunami Arrive at Hawaii

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Honolulu, Hawaii (CNN) -- The first waves of a tsunami from a massive earthquake in Chile have hit the Big Island of Hawaii, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. The increasing wave heights began shortly around 11:15 a.m. local time (4:15 p.m. EST), more than five hours after alarms sounded to warn of a tsunami caused by the Chile earthquake early Saturday, which killed at least 214 people. Residents scrambled to stock up on water and food Saturday as sirens blared across the islands ahead of a predicted tsunami, hours after an 8.8-magnitude earthquake struck Chile. Roads to beaches and other low-lying areas were closed and hotels were evacuating vacationers. At Honolulu's Hilton Waikolua Hotel, guests with cars were heading to higher ground and buses were moving hundreds to an evacuation center set up near the hotel. At nearby supermarkets, residents stocked up on essentials like water and toilet paper in anticipation of the high waters. One sign at a local store limi
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