A 7.9-magnitude earthquake struck off Japan’s northeastern coast at 7:46 p.m. Hawaii time.

Japan’s meteorological agency reports that a tsunami as high as 20 feet could strike the coast near Miyagi prefecture.

The Hawaii’s Department of Emergency Management also issued an alert for Hawaii, saying a tsunami could reach Hawaii shores at 2:59 AM on Friday, March 11, 2011.

The wave is still being evaluated – a tsunami watch has been issued in Hawaii effective 7:56 PM HST.

Details from the Emergency management department for the earthquake include:

ORIGIN TIME – 0746 PM HST 10 MAR 2011
COORDINATES – 38.0 NORTH 142.9 EAST
LOCATION – NEAR EAST COAST OF HONSHU JAPAN
MAGNITUDE – 7.9 MOMENT

The center promises hourly and timely updates at https://local.nixle.com/alert/4664874/?sub_id=330712

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