No tsunami threat from distant 7.3-magnitude earthquake

No tsunami threat from distant 7.3-magnitude earthquake
The red dot on the map indicates the area of the earthquake. (Source: USGS)

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Officials at the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center say there is no threat of a tsunami from a strong earthquake near South Pacific waters.

The earthquake measured a preliminary 7.3 magnitude, and it was located near the South Shetland Islands off Antarctica, near the tip of South America. It struck just after 1:30 p.m. Hawaii time.

The quake was measured at a depth of 6 miles, and officials say based on all available data, there is no threat of a tsunami that would impact Hawaii or the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, or the British Virgin Islands.

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