Tsunami Watch canceled for Hawaii after 7.7 quake in S. Pacific

HONOLULU -- A Tsunami Watch has been canceled for the entire state of Hawaii after a major earthquake struck offshore of the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center originally issued a watch until they could calculate the threat of any tsunami. About an hour later, they decided there was no threat and the tsunami watch was canceled.

The quake was measured at 7.7 and occurred about 42 miles southwest of Kirakira, Solomon Islands. It had a depth of about 30 miles, but was far too far away to be felt in Hawaii.

The Solomons Island quake came about 3 hours after a 6.5 quake struck off the coast of Northern California. No tsunami threats from that quake were expected.

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