No tsunami threat to Hawaii after large earthquake off Japan

Published: Dec. 7, 2012 at 3:44 AM HST|Updated: Dec. 7, 2012 at 10:07 AM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A strong earthquake has shook an area off the eastern coast of Japan, but it does not appear to have been strong enough to generate a tsunami threat to Hawaii.

Japan's Meteorological Agency has since lifted a tsunami warning that was issued for the country's northeastern coast.

The quake was measured at a magnitude 7.3, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The earthquake happened at 10:18 p.m. HST, about 152 miles southeast of Kamaishi.

The Japan Meteorological Agency says the earthquake's epicenter was 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) beneath the seabed.

According to the Associated Press, one coastal city reported that a tsunami of three feet hit about 45 minutes after the quake. Buildings in Tokyo swayed for at least several minutes.

Here is a link to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center

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