"A 7.7 is a big, hefty earthquake. It's not something you can ignore," said Fryer. “If that were a heavily populated area, it would have caused significant damage. It definitely would have done significant damage if it had been under a city."
"It appears to be settling down," Dennis Sinnott of the Institute of Ocean Science said. "It does not mean we won't get another small wave coming through."
"We thought that the earthquake was on land and when we learned that it was deeper undersea and we gathered more information, we had no choice but to issue a warning," Gerard Fryer said.