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Tsunami spares Hawaii major damage

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UPDATE:  (AP) - Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie is urging residents to remain cautious as significant tsunami waves continue to hit the islands. He says the state hasn't experienced any major damage so far, but the waves continue, particularly on Maui and the Big Island. Abercrombie says they hope to restore services as soon as possible. He says there will be more reports from civil defense authorities after daybreak.

HONOLULU - After seeing the massive tsunami destruction in Japan, Hawaii residents and tourists across the state waited nervously for the expected waves hit the shore.

When the tsunami arrived on Oahu at about 3:30 a.m. it surged onto beaches and up canals. exposing reef but not causing any reported damage.

According to the National Weather Service, the biggest wave measured so far has been 85 centimeters (about 2.8 feet) in Hanalei, Kauai.

The wave action is expected to continue and for waves to grow in height.

In Waikiki, tourists were moved into the upper floors of hotels and the cliff at Diamond Head became a safe spot for watching the waves come ashore.

Civil Defense officials are quick to remind residents that inundation effects could continue for several hours and to stay away from evacuation areas.

The tsunami was generated by an 8.9 magnitude earthquake in Japan Friday.

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