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No tsunami warning for California coast, but officials are assessing risk from 8.8 Japan quake [Updated]

March 10, 2011 | 10:57 pm

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No tsunami warning has been issued for the California coast due to the 8.8 magnitude earthquake in Japan, but officials said they are still assessing the situation.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said that a new warning could be issued as more information becomes available.

A tsunami watch was issued for a large swath of the Pacific, including Hawaii, where officials expect a wave could hit at 2:59 a.m. Hawaii time (4:59 a.m. PST). Tsunami warnings were also issued for the coasts of Japan, Russia, Taiwan and Guam.

[Update 2 a.m.: Authorities issued a tsunami warning early Friday for central and northern California and said other regions of the West Coast remained under a tsunami advisory. Read more: Tsunami warning issued for northern and central California and Oregon]

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Image shows map of world earthquakes as of 11:17 p.m. Thursday. Credit: U.S. Geological Survey 

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