Tsunami begins to take shape on Hawaiian shores

HONOLULU Fri Mar 11, 2011 2:18pm GMT

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HONOLULU (Reuters) - The first signs of a tsunami began to wash up on the shores of Hawaii early on Friday, as waves seen on local television footage steadily rose over southern beaches on the island of Oahu.

Hawaii ordered evacuations of its coastal areas and braced for a tidal wave hours after a massive 8.9 earthquake in Japan, 3,800 miles (6,200 km) away, triggered a tsunami warning across most of the Pacific basin, including northern California and Oregon.