While residents on the East Coast are gearing up for Hurricane Sandy, residents in Hawaii are breathing a sigh of relief after a tsunami warning was downgraded to an advisory Saturday, said Alan Duke and Holly Yang of CNN.
The tsunami, triggered by a massive earthquake in Canada, was forecasted to create waves 3-6 feet high, but only reached a maximum height of 2.5 feet, Duke and Yang said.
Residents were evacuated from their homes Saturday night, but have since been told it is safe to return, said Leezel Tanglao of ABC News.
The 7.7 quake that triggered the tsunami warnings was centered around an island north of Vancouver in Canada, and a 5.8 aftershock was reported just after the first earthquake, Tanglao said.
On Oahu, Hawaii's most populated island, traffic became an issue almost immediately after the tsunami warning was given, and officials urged people to leave their cars and get to higher ground, according to a NBCNews.com article.
Part of the hysteria could be blamed on the disaster in Japan in 2011, which is the last time Hawaii had a tsunami warning, the article said.