A magnitude 8.2 earthquake rumbled off Russia’s east coast in the Sea of Okhotsk Thursday night.
The epicenter sits between Russia and Japan. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there is no Pacific wide tsunami generated.
EWA BEACH, Hawaii —The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says a Pacific-wide tsunami has not been generated after a magnitude-7.0 earthquake in the Maraiana Islands region north of Guam.
The earthquake struck at around 2:32 p.m. Hawaii time about 359 miles north of Yigo Village in Guam.
Hawai’i and the entire north Pacific are safe – but keeping an eye on a series of moderate earthquakes that has rattled the Aleutian Islands since Sunday night.
Mid-sized earthquakes in Alaska over the last several hours have generated no tsunami watch or advisory.
The first came at 6:40 p.m., Hawaii time Sunday, a 5.5-magnitude quake struck 175 miles southwest of Adak in the Aleutians. About 10 minutes before that, a 5.1-magnitude quake occurred about 56 miles south of Semisopochnoi Island, Alaska.
At 3:48 a.m. today, HST, a magnitude 5.7 quake struck 16 miles south-southwest of Tanaga Volcano in the far western Aleutians.
EWA BEACH, Hawaii —The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says a 7.0-magnitude earthquake northeast of Japan is not expected to generate a Pacific-wide tsunami and there is no tsunami threat to Hawaii.
The earthquake struck at 5:05 p.m. Hawaii time at the Kuril Islands.
The earthquake was measured by the U.S. Geological Survey with a magnitude of 7.2.
Scientists say an earthquake of this size can generate tsunamis that can be destructive along coasts within 100 km of the epicenter.
Mike McCartney, CEO of Hawai’i Tourism Authority, issued the following statement in remembrance of the
“Today is a day to remember, to be thankful, to live aloha. Two years ago today, the people of Japan were shaken by natural disasters that changed their lives forever. Many lost their homes, their way of life, their family and friends. Yet they remained strong and showed the world their resilience and calm during difficult times, and today continue to move forward boldly into the future. However, the sadness and loss they have endured can never be forgotten.
Let us never forget and always remember. We send our aloha and gratitude to the people of Japan. And let us be thankful that we live in Hawaii, where we have a special connection with the island nation of Japan. Our relationship is more than business and tourism – it is one of historical significance that runs deep within our social DNA.
On behalf of the HTA and Hawaii’s tourism industry, we want to extend our remembrances and our aloha to our family and friends in Japan on this anniversary of the March 11th natural disasters.
Earthquakes struck at opposite ends of the Pacific Ocean this morning. Neither quake generated a tsunami. A strong magnitude-6.7 earthquake has struck Papua New Guinea but there are no immediate reports of damage and no regional tsunami alert. The other quake struck Southern California
Chris McKee, the assistant director of the Geophysical Observatory in Port Moresby, said the earthquake’s epicenter was relatively deep and some way offshore so it was unlikely to have caused major problems.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake struck Monday morning about 198 miles north of the capital Port Moresby and was centered about 52 miles below sea level.
Papua New Guinea is on the “Ring of Fire” — an arc of earthquake and volcanic zones that stretches around the Pacific Rim. It’s where most of the world’s seismic activity occurs.
Across the Pacific, a moderate earthquake shook a wide area of Southern California on Monday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
The temblor struck at 9:55 a.m. PT in a remote, mountainous area northeast of San Diego and was estimated to be magnitude 4.7 (earlier reports gave it a magnitude of 5.1). The quake’s center was 16 miles south of Palm Desert, Calif. There were no initial reports of damage or injuries.
Several smaller seismic events were also reported around the same time.
According to Leslie Gordon of the USGS, the initial magnitude reports are generated by computer and automatically sent out. Those reports are revised after data are reviewed by USGS seismologists.
The quake was “a little tricky to analyze” because of a small quake that preceded the larger event, said USGS seismologist Susan Hough. That threw off some of the instruments, she said, and so the depth of the quake as well as its precise epicenter and relation to known faults in the area remained unclear.
The quake was felt sharply in the local area, The Associated Press reported, and also rolled through downtown Los Angeles, San Diego and Orange County.
Some Twitter users reported that they slept through the quake, while other reported being startled awake.
Kristen Nicole (@KristenNicole25) tweeted: “Apparently there was an #earthquake in #SoCal this morning. People said they felt it in #LA… Not this girl.”
Twitter user Anayeli (@iamanayeli) reported the quake woke her up in Riverside. “At least I won’t be late for class!,” she wrote.
Terry Raposa said on her Facebook account that she felt the quake in Lake Elsinore.
“Slam and then felt sea sick! LOL!,” she wrote, NBCLosAngeles.com reported.
Sunday afternoon, authorities in Alaska say, an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.0 was felt in Anchorage and areas to the northwest. No tsunami alert was issued.
The Alaska Earthquake Information Center reports that the quake struck shortly after 1 p.m. Sunday. It was centered 28 miles northwest of Anchorage.
The quake was felt throughout the Cook Inlet region. There were no reports of damage.
Copyright © 2015 - Island News Technologies, LLC - All rights reserved