Hawaii announced a tsunami warning on Saturday , after a massive earthquake off Chile sent waves across the Pacific Ocean.

Each county's civil defense agency will advise residents if coastal areas will be evacuated.

The possible destructive tsunami that is estimated to first arrive at about 11:19 a.m Saturday local time (4:19 p.m. EST).

Hawaiians are advised to visit www.scd.hawaii.gov for a mapping tool to see if you live or work in an evacuation zone.

The Hawaiian Department of Transportation (DOT) has also urged all shipping agents and shipping companies to get their ships out of port as soon as possible, according to local Hawaiian news agency.

We are urging people not to panic, said the DOT spokeswoman, Tammy Mori.

It's important that those in low-lying areas can get to higher ground. We want to remind people that they have five hours to evacuate after the alarms sound.

Meanwhile, flight operations are currently unaffected, Mori added.

The tsunami warning follows a massive magnitude-8.8 earthquake which struck south-central Chile early on Saturday, killing at least 78 people and knocked down buildings.