Tsunami warnings lifted after magnitude 8.2 earthquake in Alaska

Tsunami warnings lifted after magnitude 8.2 earthquake in Alaska

Tsunami warnings issued in the Pacific Ocean after a shallow magnitude 8.2 earthquake struck the Alaska Peninsula have been lifted.
The earthquake struck at 10:15 p.m. (6:15 a.m. GMT Thursday) at a depth of 35 km (22 miles) on Wednesday, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said.

In Alaska, the National Tsunami Warning Center (NTWC) had issued warnings for the southern parts of the state, the peninsula and coastal areas of the Pacific, from the Hinchinbrook entrance to the Unimak Pass.

The US states of California, Oregon and Washington and the Canadian province of British Columbia are not expected to experience significant tsunami threats, Dave Snider, tsunami warning coordinator at NTWC, told the news agency. Reuters press.

“There might be minor damage in some places [in Alaska], but a major tsunami and major damage from something like that is not expected, ”Snider said. “It’s really lucky then, because 8.2 is really strong enough to make a big wave, especially in this part of the world. “

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) had also issued a warning for the US state of Hawaii and the US Pacific territory of Guam.

Meanwhile, Japan’s meteorological agency said there was no danger to the country, public broadcaster NHK said.

The maximum wave height detected was 21 cm (eight inches) above tidal level with waves reaching at least six points off the coast of Alaska, according to the NTWC.

Residents living near sea level were urged to evacuate to higher ground. No injuries or deaths were reported.

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Videos posted on social media by reporters and Kodia locals showed people moving away from the coast as warning sirens could be heard.

The NTWC had said earlier that it was also assessing the tsunami danger level for other coastal areas of the United States and the Canadian Pacific.

The USGS had previously set the magnitude of the quake at 7.2.

The USGS said the quake was followed by eight aftershocks in the region, two of which were greater than magnitude 6.0.

Alaska is part of the seismically active Pacific Ring of Fire.

The state was struck by a 9.2 magnitude earthquake in March 1964, the strongest on record in North America.

It devastated the capital Anchorage and triggered a tsunami that struck the Gulf of Alaska, the west coast of the United States and Hawaii.

More than 250 people were killed by the earthquake and tsunami.

A 7.5 magnitude earthquake also caused tsunami waves on the south coast of Alaska in October, but no casualties were reported.


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