Marine experts issued a bulletin indicating that Hawaii, and countries crossed by the Pacific Ocean hit by a tidal wave threatened the powerful storm. Therefore, it is advisable to take action to save their lives and property, this warning is considered threatening and frightening. However, the predicted high waves after the devastating earthquake that occurred in Chile with a magnitude 8.8 force it never happened. On Sunday, February 28, the authorities withdrew the warning, after the prediction that only produces a wave that just tickled the coast of Hawaii and the tourists were again crowded the beaches and restaurants.
The experts acknowledge that their statements were exaggerated, but they defend their actions, saying that they are already taking steps that should be learned from the experience of what happened in 2004 when the tsunami hit Indonesia and killed thousands of people who do not get an early warning. "This is an important key to remember that we can not ignore the warning. Failure to give warning is not an option for us," said marine expert Dai Lin Wang at the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii.
On last Saturday, February 27, hundreds of thousands of people running from the shoreline looking for higher ground to escape, after a warning that some 53 countries and regions will be affected by the enormity of the earthquake in Chile. It was a massive evacuation that had happened in Hawaii. Emergency sirens sounded throughout the day, navy ships to move from Pearl Harbor, the residents stockpiling fuel, food, and water in anticipation of major disasters that would happen. Some supermarkets to limit purchases because of the panic from the buyer.
After the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center pull their warnings, some countries continue to place the viewer to watch. Monday morning, the Japan Meteorological Agency warned of possible tsunami in the Pacific along the peninsula and warned its citizens to stay away from the sea area. But then the warning is stopped several hours later.The researchers still insist on what they do and refuse to apologize, they argue that these false warnings could be made of the population eventually became a relief, because it protected from the possibility of impacts from an earthquake in Chile.
The same quake happened in Chile in 1969 creating a tsunami that eventually killed 140 people in Japan. The same wave also hit Hawaii and destroy the city toward Hilo, killing 61 people and washed away 500 houses and offices. "If you give too much warning and nothing happens at all, you just lost your credibility," said Wang. "That is something we had to face and we will be expanding again."Although the panic occurred in Hawaii, local officials said that the evacuation went "perfect" and said that it was a good test, meaning the system worked well.