Tsunami warnings drop after magnitude 8.2 earthquake strikes off Alaska coast
Tsunami warnings decline after 8.2 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Alaska
A tsunami warning was issued for parts of Alaska after a major earthquake struck the peninsula late Wednesday evening.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the very strong quake had a magnitude of 8.2 and struck about 90 km east of Perryville.
At a depth of 46.7 km, the earthquake was considered shallow, shaking the Alaska Peninsula and Kodiak, the largest city on Kodiak Island.
The USGS reports that there were at least two strong aftershocks, including a magnitude of 6.2 and a magnitude of 5.6.
The US National Tsunami Warning Center issued warnings for southern Alaska and the Alaska Peninsula, from the Hinchinbrook Entrance to the Unimak Pass, and for the Aleutians from the Unimak Pass to the Samalga Pass, Alaska.
"A tsunami has been confirmed and some effects are expected," said the National Tsunami Warning Center.
Police officers in Kodiak have urged residents to move to higher elevation areas, adding that the high school in the area is open as an evacuation site.
The tsunami watch issued for Hawaii was later canceled.
"Based on all available data, there is no tsunami threat," said the NWS, adding that tsunami threat magnitude is being assessed for other US and Canadian Pacific coasts in North America.
With files from CNN.
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