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No tsunami threat to U.S. coast after earthquake strikes off Japan

October 25, 2013|By Ari Bloomekatz
  • A map by the USGS shows the location of the quake, noted in blue, off the coast of Japan on Friday morning Pacific time.
A map by the USGS shows the location of the quake, noted in blue, off the coast… (USGS )

A 7.1-magnitude earthquake off the east coast of Honshu, Japan, on Friday morning Pacific time did not trigger a tsunami warning for California or Hawaii.

Strong earthquakes near Japan often have Hawaiians and those on the California coast worried about possible tsunamis on their own coasts. The earthquake was measured Friday morning Pacific time, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. It was initially listed at magnitude 7.3, but later revised downward.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center released an advisory saying that "based on all available data a destructive Pacific-wide tsunami is not expected and there is no tsunami threat to Hawaii."

The National Tsunami Warning Center, on its website, also showed no warnings, watches or advisories in effect based on the Honshu quake. 

In Japan, meanwhile, officials were concerned about tsunamis in some coastal areas, including the Fukushima prefecture, Iwate prefecture and Miyaga prefecture.

"Marine threat is in place. Get out of the water and leave the coast immediately," read an advisory from the Japan Meteorological Agency. "As the strong current will continue, do not get in the sea or approach coasts until the advisory is cleared."

"Though there may be a slight sea-level change in coastal regions, no tsunami damage is expected," the advisory added.


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