M 8.5 Quake Strikes Bonin Islands; No Tsunami Expected Here.

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.

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