Tsunami in Hawaii threatens islands- US agency

WASHINGTON Sat Feb 27, 2010 7:17am EST

WASHINGTON Feb 27 (Reuters) - A tsunami was generated on Saturday that could cause damage along the coasts of all the Hawaiian islands, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.

"Urgent action should be taken to protect lives and property," the center said in a bulletin. "All shores are at risk no matter which direction they face."

Earlier it had issued a Pacific-wide tsunami warning that included Hawaii and stretched across the ocean from South American to the Pacific Rim.

It estimated the first tsunami wave would hit Hawaii at 11:19 a.m. Hawaii time (2100 GMT).

(Writing by Doina Chiacu; Editing by

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