Powerful 7.8 earthquake hits Alaskan islands, tsunami possible


A powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck the Alaska Peninsula and a tsunami warning was issued.According to the US Geological Survey, the earthquake struck at around 11:12 p.m. local time on Tuesday. It was 9.6 kilometers deep and centered 96 kilometers south-southeast of Perryville, Alaska.

The tsunami alert has been issued for southern Alaska, the Alaska Peninsula and the Aleutian Islands.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said the warning for southern Alaska and the Alaska Peninsula was from the Kennedy entrance to Unimak. Along the Aleutian Islands, it is from Unimak Pas to the Samalga Pass.

A tsunami warning has been issued for some nearby areas.

On Kodiak Island, the local high school opened its doors to evacuees, as did the local Catholic school, the Anchorage Daily News reported.

“We have a high school full of people,” said Larry LeDoux, superintendent of the Kodiak school district. “I have been distributing masks since the first siren sounded,” he told the Daily News.

“Everything is as calm as possible. We have probably 300, 400 people who are all wearing masks, ”he said.

The center said that for the rest of the US and Canadian Pacific coasts in North America, there is no threat of a tsunami.


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