No tsunami threat to Hawaii despite erroneous social media posts

No tsunami threat to Hawaii despite erroneous social media posts
Pacific Tsunami Warning Center debunked a false alert Tuesday. (Source: HNN File)

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - There is no active tsunami threat to Hawaii, and no watch or warning was ever issued Friday, a spokesperson for the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says.

A 4.5-magnitude earthquake shook an area north of Tonga and southwest of Samoa on Friday, according to the USGS. But that earthquake was not strong enough to generate a tsunami.

An erroneous report on social media claimed that a tsunami watch had been put into effect for Hawaii.

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