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Terminate an HBase Cluster

By default, Amazon EMR launches clusters created using the console with termination protection turned on. This prevents the cluster from being terminated inadvertently or in the case of an error. Before you terminate the cluster, you must first disable termination protection. For more information on terminating a cluster, see Terminate a Cluster.

Clusters created using the AWS CLI have termination protection disabled. To prevent the cluster from being terminated inadvertently or in the case of an error, add the --termination-protected parameter to the create-cluster subcommand.