B.C. emergency officials still assess tsunami risk after large earthquake off the coast of Alaska


The danger of a tsunami has now passed for parts of Alaska after a 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast on Monday afternoon. British Columbia officials say they are still assessing the threat to local coasts. Parts of southern Alaska and the Alaska Peninsula were covered by a warning from U.S. government officials shortly after 2 p.m. Pacific time on Monday, but at 3:15 p.m. there was no more danger.

Officials had initially warned of the possibility of dangerous tsunami waves within 300 kilometers of the quake’s epicenter, and people living in this area have been urged to move inland or on land. higher.

Messages on Emergency Info BC’s Twitter account from 2:15 p.m. PT said officials would soon have more information about the risks to BC’s coastlines.

Preliminary information suggests the event was an earthquake that struck at an estimated depth of 40 kilometers. The closest community to the epicenter is Sand Point, Alaska, a small town of less than 1,000 people located about 92 kilometers to the northwest.

The Alaska Earthquake Center said the quake was widely felt in communities along the south coast, including Sand Point, Chignik, Unalaska and the Kenai Peninsula.

He said a 5.2 magnitude aftershock was reported 11 minutes later, centered in roughly the same area.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here