HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A strong earthquake shook an area near the coast of Ecuador on Saturday, but it was not strong enough to generate a tsunami threat to Hawaii.
The quake was measured at a preliminary magnitude 7.4 and later upgraded to 7.8, according to reports from the U.S. Geological Survey. It happened shortly before 2 p.m. HST north-northwest of Pedernales, Ecuador at a depth of 10 km, according to the USGS.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says hazardous waves are possible in the area nearest to the earthquake including Ecuador, Colombia, Costa Rica, Panama and Peru. Again, the PTWC says there is no tsunami threat to Hawaii.
Here is a link to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.