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No Hawaii tsunami threat from large earthquake off Japan

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 1:15 p.m. HST, Sep 16, 2011

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says there is no tsunami threat to Hawaii from a large earthquake off the coast of Honshu, Japan.

The magnitude 6.6 earthquake struck at about 4:26 a.m. Saturday in Japan (9:26 a.m. Friday in Hawaii) at a depth of 22.6 miles, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. It was centered about 66 miles east-southeast of Honshu and 356 miles north-northeast of Tokyo.

The warning center in Ewa Beach said earthquakes of this size and location could produce a local tsunami in Japan, but there does not appear to be a wider threat.

Japan Meteorological Agency officials said that although there may be slight sea-level changes in coastal regions, the earthquake caused no damage to Japan. No tsunami warning was issued.

In the hours after the quake struck, at least four temblors between magnitude 5.2 and and 6.2 were recorded in the same off-shore area, according to the USGS. Since the devasting magnitude 9.0 earthquake on March 11, the region has been struck with hundreds of powerful aftershocks.

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