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M7.5 earthquake hits Kuril Islands — Tsunami watch cancelled for Hawaii

Update 04:20 UTC

The tsunami watch has been cancelled for Hawaii.

Update 03:35 UTC

The United States Geological Survey has revised the magnitude to 7.5. The epicenter was located around 456 km far from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Kamchatka, Russia.

The earthquake occurred at 56.7 km depth.

The tsunami watch is in effect for state of Hawaii. The estimated tsunami arrival time is 10:39 p.m. H.S.T.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center reports that tsunami waves are forecast to be less than 0.3 meters (0.98 feet) above the tide level for the coasts of Hawaiʻi, Japan, Johnston Atoll, Midway Island, Northern Marianas, Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, Russia and Wake Island.

Update 03:25 UTC

A tsunami watch has been issued for the state of Hawaii, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC).

According to the the PTWC, if tsunami waves impact Hawaii, the estimated earliest arrival of the first tsunami wave on March 24, 2020 at 10:39 p.m. H.S.T. 

The Kuril-Kamchatka Arc is one of the most seismically active regions in the world. According to the USGS, the Kuril-Kamchatka Arc extends approximately 2,100 km from Hokkaido, Japan along the Kuril Islands and the Pacific coast of the Kamchatka Peninsula, until terminating at its intersection with the Aleutian arc south of the Commander Islands, Russia. 

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March 25, 2020: Magnitude 7.8 strong earthquake has been recorded in Kuril Islands at 13:49 pm local time, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) reported.

According to the USGS, the earthquake's epicenter was located 218 km far from Severo-Kuril’sk, Sakhalin Oblast, Russia.

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