Agency cancels tsunami watch for Hawaii after huge Pacific quake

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Update (2:49 p.m.): The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has canceled the Tsunami Watch for Hawaii effective 12:20 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time.

HONOLULU (AP) — The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said tsunamis may strike Hawaii after a huge earthquake occurred in a remote area between New Zealand and Tonga.

The magnitude 8.0 quake struck the Kermadec Islands region at 9:28 a.m. Hawaii time. If tsunamis are generated, the first waves would reach the Hawaiian Island chain at 4:35 p.m. Thursday Hawaii time.

The agency issued a tsunami warning for American Samoa but then downgraded it to an advisory.