After Coronavirus, tsunami fears rise up; but threat has now passed
A massive earthquake hit the far east coast of Russia's Kuril Islands today, generating fears of a tsunami hitting Japan, Hawaii and parts of Russia. The threat has now passed.
U.S. authorities put out tsunami warnings on Wednesday after an earthquake of magnitude 7.5 struck off Russia's Kuril Islands, but meteorological officials in Japan issued no alerts, although they said there might be slight tidal changes.
However, the threat has now passed.
The tsunami watch for Hawaii has been cancelled.— The Weather Channel (@weatherchannel) March 25, 2020
"Sea level readings from the nearest two deep-ocean dart gauges now confirm there is no tsunami threat to Hawaii although some small sea level changes may occur." - Pacific Tsunami Warning Center
The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said a tsunami watch was issued for the state of Hawaii, while another agency, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, said the quake had potential to generate a destructive tsunami.
"Tsunami waves are forecast to be less than 0.3 meters above the tide level," the center said in its advisory about risks to the coasts of Hawaii, Japan, Russia and the Pacific islands of Midway, the Northern Marianas and Wake Island.
HAWAII: Earthquake measuring 7.5 east of the Kuril Islands in Russia. A tsunami may have been generated. A tsunami watch is now in effect for the state of Hawaii. (Source: PTWC/USGS)— U.S. Emergency Alert (@ENSAlerts) March 25, 2020
BREAKING: Powerful 7.8-magnitude earthquake hits off Russia's Far East - USGS— BNO News (@BNONews) March 25, 2020
7.8 magnitude earthquake off Russia's eastern coast.— Joey Saladino (@JoeySalads) March 25, 2020
Tsunami threat still under review for the US mainland West Coast.
2020 just keeps getting better....
The height is equivalent to just under a foot.
The Japan Meteorological Association warned against slight tidal changes but said no warnings or even watch advisories had been issued.
The earthquake, 218 km (135 miles) south-southeast of the town of Severo, struck at a depth of 56.7 km (35 miles), the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said. There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.
On Twitter, earthquake expert Lucy Jones said “this Russian quake is not the type that usually produces a tsunami. It is deeper and smaller than the quakes that have made big trans-Pacific tsunamis."