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Hawaii Braces for 'Dangerous Ocean Currents' and 'Weird Tides'

(NBC News) -- A tsunami generated by a magnitude-8.2 earthquake off Chile is unlikely to cause more than "dangerous ocean currents" and "weird tides" in Hawaii, officials said early Wednesday.

The deadly quake struck off the Chilean port city of Iquique and triggered a wave of nearly 7 feet near its epicenter.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center later issued a tsunami advisory for Hawaii, which is located almost 6,500 miles away.

Shelly Kunishige, public information officer for the Hawaii State Civil Defense, said the strong currents were expected to arrive at 3 a.m. local time (9 a.m. ET) and could last for several hours.

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