The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has reported that a magnitude 8.5 earthquake that occurred near the Bonin Islands. Based on all available data, a destructive Pacific-wide tsunami is not expected and there is no tsunami threat to Hawai`i.
There are no initial reports of casualties.
The Bonin Islands are a string of subtropical atolls southeast of the main Japanese islands. The islands are a Japanese prefecture, but have a population of only 2,440. The closest populated island, the prefectural capitol of Chichi-Jima, is 189 kilometers (117 miles) from the earthquake epicenter.