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Agency cancels Hawaii tsunami watch after huge Pacific quake

The agency previously cancelled a tsunami warning it had issued for American Samoa.

HawaiiTraffic leaves the Port of Pago Pago after closing because a tsunami warning was issued for American Samoa on Thursday, March 4, 2021. (AP Photo/Fili Sagapolutele)

The US Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre cancelled a tsunami watch Thursday for Hawaii that was issued after a huge earthquake occurred in a remote area between New Zealand and Tonga.

The agency previously cancelled a tsunami warning it had issued for American Samoa.

The magnitude 8.1 quake struck the Kermadec Islands region.

The quake forced thousands of people to evacuate in New Zealand but did not appear to pose a widespread threat to lives or major infrastructure.

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It was the largest in a series of tremors that hit the region over several hours, including two earlier quakes that registered magnitude 7.4 and magnitude 7.3.

First published on: 05-03-2021 at 09:30:49 am
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