HONOLULU, Hawaii – A magnitude 8.2 earthquake has hit 373 miles below the surface in the Sea of Okhotsk.
The epicenter is 223 miles west southwest of Esso, Russia, according to measurements by the United States Geological Survey.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center was quick to report that no tsunami was expected, posting this message on their website:
BASED ON ALL AVAILABLE DATA A DESTRUCTIVE PACIFIC-WIDE TSUNAMI IS NOT EXPECTED AND THERE IS NO TSUNAMI THREAT TO HAWAII. REPEAT. A DESTRUCTIVE PACIFIC-WIDE TSUNAMI IS NOT EXPECTED AND THERE IS NO TSUNAMI THREAT TO HAWAII.
The quake was located along the Kuril-Kamchatka arc, which is considered one of the most seismically active regions in the world. It extends approximately 1,304 miles from Hokkaido, Japan, along the Kuril Islands and the Pacific coast of the Kamchatka Peninsula to its intersection with the Aleutian arc near the Commander Islands, Russia.
It has been a busy day in the Pacific, seismically speaking. The day began in Hawaii with reports of a magnitude 7.4 and later a 6.3 near Tonga. Later, a 5.7 quake struck 11km west northwest of Greenville, California. No tsunamis were generated in any of the events.