No Hawaii tsunami threat from strong earthquake near Japan

 UPDATED 9:11 AM HST Apr 19, 2013
EWA BEACH, Hawaii -

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says a 7.0-magnitude earthquake northeast of Japan is not expected to generate a Pacific-wide tsunami and there is no tsunami threat to Hawaii.

The earthquake struck at 5:05 p.m. Hawaii time Thursday at the Kuril Islands.

The earthquake was measured by the U.S. Geological Survey with a magnitude of 7.2.

Scientists say an earthquake of this size can generate tsunamis that can be destructive along coasts within 100 km of the epicenter.

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