A magnitude 6.9 earthquake rumbled under the northern island of Hokaido, Japan. The deep earthquake struck at 4:17 a.m. Hawaii time or 11:17 p.m. Japan time about 68 miles west of Kushiro, Hokaido, Japan at a depth of 64 miles, the United States Geological Survey said.
The quake did not generate a destructive tsunami, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center this morning.
The location in the Tokachi region in southern Hokkaido is about 89 miles east south east of Sapporo, Japan and 525 miles north north east of Tokyo. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said, based on available data, there is not threat of a tsunami for Hawaii.
There were no immediate reports of damage or serious injuries.
Japanese public broadcaster NHK says nearby nuclear power plants, including Tomari and Higashidori, which are currently idled for safety inspections, have reported no abnormalities.
A strong earthquake, centered very near where the 2011 quake that generated a Pacific-wide tsunami, struck central Chile at 10:16 a.m HST, but poses no tsunami threat to Hawaii, officials at the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center say. The quake measured 6.7 on the open richter scale.
The earthquake was centered in the ocean, 63 miles south-southwest of Copiapo, Chile at a depth of 29 1/2 miles.
According to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center:
“Based on all available data a destructive Pacific-wide tsunami is not expected and there is no tsunami threat to Hawaii.”
TOKYO (AP) – A strong earthquake has jolted northeastern Japan and authorities have issued a warning of a possible tsunami.
The Japan Meteorological Agency says the earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.3 struck in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Miyagi prefecture at 5:18 p.m. Friday (10:10 p.m. Thursday HST).
The warning said the tsunami could be a little over six feet in height
Buildings in Tokyo swayed for at least several minutes.
HONOLULU — An open boat recovered from the shoreline of Kahana Bay, Oahu, may be the next piece to be verified as Japan tsunami marine debris, pending confirmation by the Government of Japan, with assistance by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Consulate-General of Japan in Honolulu.
The approximately 20-foot boat was reportedly seen floating whole on Thursday, November 29 in Kahana Bay. By Friday afternoon when it was officially reported, it had broken up into pieces on rocks on the northward outer edge of the bay. Staff from the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) the State’s lead agency for marine debris responses, were able to retrieve pieces of the boat from the rocks and bring them ashore on Saturday.
Further investigations by DLNR Tuesday in the ocean near where the boat had washed up on to the rocks recovered more pieces of the broken boat. Identification information found on the various pieces include Japanese characters (kanji) on a section of the bow, and Japanese registration numbers from pieces of the stern. The NOAA Marine Debris Program in Hawai‘i is working with the Japan Consulate on confirmation of the boat’s origin.
DLNR and NOAA will make a followup announcement if this item is confirmed. If it is confirmed, it will be the fourth confirmed tsunami marine debris item for Hawaii and the 17th overall for the U.S. and Canada. (Currently, there are 16 confirmed JTMD for US and Canada.)
Identification of the boat’s origin may also help with the identification of two species of mussels collected by DLNR staff that were attached to the boat as biofouling. The mussels could be a species that is present along the Japan coastline and is not currently known to be present in Hawai‘i. Specimens were turned over to NOAA for further identification by Bishop Museum and possible genetic identification.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says there is no tsunami threat to Hawaii after a 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck northeast of Japan Friday morning.
It happened just before 8:15 a.m. Hawaii time at the Kuril Islands.
Forecasters say based on all available data, a destructive Pacific-wide tsunami is not expected.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia – A magnitude 6.2 earthquake has struck off the west coast of Canada but no damage has been reported. There was no tsunami warning issued. While in the general vicinity of the 7.7 magnitude quake off Queen Charlotte Island that focused a tsunami surge directly at Maui County 11 days ago, this quake was is a much more shallow depth, and it struck father south – toward Vancouver Island, BC.
Natural Resources Canada said Wednesday night the tremor occurred off Vancouver Island in the Pacific ocean, 85 miles (137 kilometers) southwest of Port Alice, British Columbia.
A magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck off the west coast of Canada on Oct. 28, but there were no reports of major damage. Residents in some communities in British Columbia were evacuated, but the province escaped the biggest quake in Canada since 1949 unscathed.
A 7.4-magnitude earthquake rocked Guatemala earlier Wednesday, killing at least 48 people in two provinces. That quake today did not generate a Pacific-wide tsunami.
(Associated Press, NBC and KING-TV, Seattle, contributed to this report)
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