Tsunami watch canceled for Hawaii
A tsunami watch has been canceled for the state of Hawaii as of 12:20 p.m. after an 8.1 magnitude earthquake near New Zealand initially put the state on alert Tuesday morning.
The National Weather Service’s Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said that based on all available data, there is no available tsunami threat to the state of Hawaii.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, an 8.1 magnitude earthquake struck the Kermadec Islands in New Zealand at 9:28 a.m. Hawaii time, triggering a tsunami watch. The southwestern Pacific has been shaken by several earthquakes over 4.0 magnitude throughout the day, including a 7.3 magnitude temblor about 108 miles northeast of Gisborne, New Zealand, at 3:27 a.m. Hawaii time, and a 7.4 magnitude quake in the Kermadec Islands at 7:41 a.m., though neither triggered a tsunami watch.