HAWAII: A 6.8 magnitude earthquake near the Kuril Islands did not generate a destructive, Pacific-wide tsunami, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.
The strong quake occurred around 8:12 a.m. Hawaii-Aleutian standard time.
The PTWC reports:
NO DESTRUCTIVE WIDESPREAD TSUNAMI THREAT EXISTS BASED ON HISTORICAL EARTHQUAKE AND TSUNAMI DATA.
HOWEVER – EARTHQUAKES OF THIS SIZE SOMETIMES GENERATE LOCAL TSUNAMIS THAT CAN BE DESTRUCTIVE ALONG COASTS LOCATED WITHIN A HUNDRED KILOMETERS OF THE EARTHQUAKE EPICENTER. AUTHORITIES IN THE REGION OF THE EPICENTER SHOULD BE AWARE OF THIS POSSIBILITY AND TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION.
THIS WILL BE THE ONLY BULLETIN ISSUED FOR THIS EVENT UNLESS ADDITIONAL INFORMATION BECOMES AVAILABLE.
THE JAPAN METEOROLOGICAL AGENCY MAY ALSO ISSUE TSUNAMI MESSAGES FOR THIS EVENT TO COUNTRIES IN THE NORTHWEST PACIFIC AND SOUTH CHINA SEA REGION. IN CASE OF CONFLICTING INFORMATION… THE MORE CONSERVATIVE INFORMATION SHOULD BE USED FOR SAFETY.
The Kuril Islands stretch 810 miles from Kamchatka, Russia to the southwest, meeting Hokkaido, Japan. The chain, which is under Russian jurisdiction, separates the Sea of Okhotsk from the North Pacific Ocean. Japan disputes Russia’s claims over the two southernmost large islands, Iturup and Kunashir.