Tsunami warnings lifted in Hawaii and California

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Tsunami warnings for beaches in Hawaii (including Kailua Beach, pictured) were lifted Thursday. Photo: Flickr user Ed Suominen

Tsunami warnings have been lifted in Hawaii and California following the crippling 8.3-magnitude earthquake that occurred off the coast of Chile on Wednesday. Beaches in both states have reopened, although officials warn that strong currents may persist.

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The earthquake, which was one of the 30 strongest ever recorded on earth, claimed the lives of at least 11 people in Chile, and prompted tsunami warnings throughout the Pacific from New Zealand all the way up to California’s northern coast.

“Small sea level changes and strong or unusual currents may persist for several additional hours in some coastal areas and appropriate caution should be exercised by boaters and swimmers,” The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center told the Associated Press.

Official numbers are continuing to be updated, but over 1 million Chileans were estimated to have been forced evacuated from their homes following the quake.

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