Hawaii was hit with much smaller than expected waves Sunday by the tsunami caused by a magnitude-7.7 earthquake off northwestern Canada, officials said.

Officials ordered the evacuation of low-lying areas in Hawaii, but no injuries or damage were rported.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, or PTWC, issued a warning at 7:09 p.m. Saturday (0509 GMT Sunday), maintained it for five hours and cancelled it two hours after waves reached Hawaii.

"Tsunami wave heights across the state of Hawaii are now below advisory levels and are continuing to diminish. Based on all available data, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center is now cancelling the tsunami advisory," the center said in a statement posted on its Web site.

Emergency services workers took up positions across the Hawaiian Islands and sirens blared warnings along the coast, letting residents know they should move to higher ground. EFE