Tsunami watch for Hawaii lifted after north Pacific quake

Tsunami watch issued for Hawaii following large quake near Kuril Islands

Officials of Russia's Ministry of Emergency Situations said that a tsunami of about 50 centimeters high was observed at Paramushir Island, more than 200 kilometers from the epicenter, but no damage has been reported.

The quake struck south-southeast of Severo on Russia's far eastern Kuril Islands.

The natural disaster was at a depth of about 37 miles, Hawaii News Now reported.

Russia's Kuril Islands experienced an quake with a magnitude of 7.8 on Wednesday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has issued a Tsunami Watch for the Island and State of Hawaii.

The word comes after an evaluation by the U.S. National Tsunami Warning Center.

A tsunami watch issued for Hawaii was halted shortly afterward.

The US National Tsunami Warning Center said it was "analyzing the event to determine the level of danger". There were no early reports of casualties.

The Japan Meteorological Agency said the quake was a stronger 7.8 magnitude and may cause a slight change of sea levels around Japanese coasts.

This is a developing story.

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