According to the National Weather Service’s Tsunami Warning Center located at Ewa Beach, Hawaii, the tsunami threat from a strong 7.2 earthquake that struck near the east coast of Honshu, Japan has passed.
At 09:09 UTC, a potent 7.2 earthquake with an epicenter of 38.4 North and 141.7 East with a depth of 37 miles rattled the off-shore waters of Japan. “Based on all available data, the tsunami threat from this earthquake has now passed” the Tsunami Warning Center said in a statement. “Remain observant and exercise normal caution near the sea…Minor sea level fluctuations may occur in some coastal areas near the earthquake over the next few hours.”
The earthquake occured north of Fukushima, Japan, home to the epicenter of a destructive March 11, 2011 9.0 earthquake. That 2011 earthquake was destructive and deadly and generated created a destructive Pacific-wide tsunami that destroyed buildings as far away as Hawaii. Along the coast of Japan, 30 foot waves lashed the coast, claiming the lives of more than 15,000 people.
Originally, the Tsunami Warning Center warned that “based on the preliminary earthquake parameters, hazardous tsunami waves are possible for coasts located within 300 km of the earthquake epicenter.” However, additional analysis shows that is no longer the case, nor is there any concern at the moment for a Pacific-wide tsunami or any tsunami threats to Hawaii and Alaska nor the U.S. West Coast.