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An 8.0-magnitude earthquake hit the Pacific, triggering a tsunami watch for Hawaii

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An 8.0-magnitude earthquake was registered in the Pacific Ocean near the Solomon Islands, triggering a tsunami watch for Hawaii, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

If a tsunami were to hit Hawaii, it could do so by about 3 p.m. Hawaiian time. The earthquake hit at 7:38 a.m. 

The quake's epicenter was about 40 miles southwest of Kirakira in the Solomon Islands. The Solomon Islands are northeast of Australia.

'Could be destructive'

"Based on all available data, a tsunami may have been generated by this earthquake that could be destructive on coastal areas even far from the epicenter," the PTWC wrote in its alert. 

The PTWC is investigating whether or not a tsunami is headed for Hawaii. 

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