BC officials find no tsunami threat in BC after Alaska earthquake – BC News

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British Columbia officials say there is no local risk of a tsunami following a 7.5 magnitude earthquake that hit the coast of the Alaska Peninsula on Monday afternoon.

Emergency Management BC says in email that there is no threat to British Columbia

The earthquake triggered tsunami warnings for a large number of communities in the northern state of the United States, leading some schools to evacuate and send students to higher lands.

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.

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UPDATE 3:35 p.m.

The British Columbia government says it is assessing whether there is a tsunami risk for the province after a 7.5 magnitude earthquake that hit the coasts of the Alaska Peninsula today.

Emergency Information BC says in a tweet that its threat assessment is ongoing.

The National Tsunami Warning Center in the United States issued tsunami warnings for a swathe of communities in the aftermath of the earthquake off Sand Point, Alaska.

He said the quake was centered 92 kilometers southeast of Sand Point at a depth of 40 kilometers.

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.

Public safety officials in King Cove have sent out an alert urging residents of the coastal zone to move inland to higher lands.


ORIGINAL 14h55

A large earthquake off the west coast of Alaska has triggered a tsunami alert for the northern state of the United States.

B.C. emergency management says it is also monitoring the situation to determine if there is a risk to B.C.

The 7.4 earthquake struck near Sandy Point, just off the coast of Alaska, just before 2 p.m.



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