A powerful 8.2-magnitude earthquake struck off the southern coast of Alaska late Wednesday night, prompting a tsunami warning for parts of the state and a tsunami watch as far as Hawaii. They were lifted within hours. It was said that the largest earthquake in the United States in 50 years.
Tsunami Warning by the center
The Earthquake was detected in Alaska around 10.15 pm local time. The earthquake was felt throughout the Alaska Peninsula and on Kodiak Island. People began moving higher ground after the Tsunami siren blared.
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“A tsunami was generated by this event, but no longer poses a threat,” latest update from the Tsunami warning center.A tsunami watch had been issued for Hawaii but was later canceled. “Based on all available data there is no tsunami threat,” the National Weather Service Pacific Tsunami Warning Center reported.
Kodiak Mayor Pat Brown said to CNN in an email, “This was the strongest earthquake since 1964 and 3rd evacuation in 18 months. But we are all good and grateful now.”