Tsunami watch in Hawaii canceled after 7.5 magnitude quake in Pacific Ocean

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Hawaii was placed under a brief tsunami watch Tuesday night after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of the Pacific Ocean’s Kuril Islands.

It was canceled a short time later.

Gov. David Ige took to Twitter to tell residents to “stay tuned to official sources.” He retweeted a link from the U.S. National Tsunami Warning Center that said the agency is working to determine the threat.

The earthquake was at a depth of about 37 miles, Hawaii News Now reported. The Kuril Islands are off Russia's far eastern coast.

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It said earthquakes of this strength in the past have caused tsunamis far from the epicenter.

The Associated Press contributed to this report