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Magnitude 7.9 quake off Alaska prompts tsunami warning

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23 January, 2018 20:03 PM



Magnitude 7.9 quake off Alaska prompts tsunami warning

Cars were seen moving to higher ground after the earthquake: JUPITER00000

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A tsunami warning was lifted hours after a 7.9-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Alaska in the US.

The quake hit 280km (173 miles) south-east of Kodiak, at a depth of 25km, at 00:31 local time (09:31 GMT), the US Geological Survey said, reports BBC.

The US National Weather Service (NWS) said tsunami waves of less than one foot (0.3m) had been confirmed.

A lower-level advisory was still in effect for south Alaska, the peninsula, and parts of the Pacific coast.

Waves between 0.4ft and 0.7ft had been recorded in Kodiak, Seward, Old Harbor, Sitka and Yakutat, the NWS said.

It said that tsunami waves of less than one foot were expected in the town of Homer.

Residents had earlier been told to seek high ground as sirens in several towns blared at around 01:00 on Tuesday.

The weather service said an earlier tsunami warning had been cancelled "for the coastal areas of British Columbia, south-east Alaska and south Alaska and the Alaska Peninsula from The Wash./BC Border to Hinchinbrook Entrance, Alaska".

Many residents in Kodiak left by car in the middle of the night.


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