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UPDATE: Hawai`i Tsunami Watch Canceled Following 7.9M Quake Near the Gulf of Alaska

 The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has cancelled the Tsunami Watch for the State and Island of Hawaii as of 1:13 am.

Based on available data, there is no tsunami threat to the State and island of Hawaii. 

Original story published 11:46 p.m. (January 22)

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has issued a Tsunami Watch for the entire State of Hawai`i following a 7.9 magnitude earthquake near the Gulf of Alaska.

United States Geological Survey officials updated the initial report of an 8.0 magnitude shake up by two decimals to an 8.2 magnitude quake but around 12:30 a.m. Hawai`i time dropped the magnitude by three decimals down to a 7.9 magnitude shake. The earthquake was also deemed relatively shallow at a depth of about 15.5 miles.

According to PTWC, the quake shook just after 11:20 p.m. Hawai`i time.


Officials say that based on all available data a tsunami may have been generated by the earthquake that could be destructive on coastal areas even far from the epicenter.

A tsunami threat to Hawai`i is currently being investigated.

PTWC is reporting any potential impact could be felt as early as 4:23 a.m., should a tsunami with reach to Hawai`i have been generated.

A Tsunami Watch means a tsunami threat is possible, but not imminent. If a tsunami is likely to hit the islands, a Tsunami Warning will be issued.

Stay with MAUIWatch as we continue to track developments.



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