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UPDATE: Tsunami Watch Called Off Following 7.5M Quake Near Kuril Islands

Updated at 5:54 p.m.

The Tsunami Watch for Hawai`i has been called off.

Pacific Tsunami Warning Center officials reported that the earthquake did not generate a tsunami for Hawai`i.

Updated at 5:37 p.m.

The United States Geological Survey has downgraded the earthquake to a 7.5 magnitude.

A Tsunami Watch continues for the State of Hawai`i as Pacific Tsunami Warning Center officials await sea level data to further investigate the potential threat of a tsunami.

Original story published at 5:14 p.m.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has issued a Tsunami Watch for the State of Hawai`i following a 7.8 magnitude earthquake East of the Kuril Islands.

The earthquake occurred at 4:49 p.m. Hawai`i time.

PTWC officials say that based on available data a tsunami may have been generated by the earthquake. An investigation is underway to determine if there is a tsunami threat to Hawai`i.

If tsunami waves were to impact Hawai`i, the estimated earliest arrival of the first wave is 10:42 p.m.

A Tsunami Watch is issued when a tsunami may later impact the watch area. The watch may be upgraded to a warning or advisory or canceled based on updated information and analysis.

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