Tsunami alert for US west coast after 8.2-magnitude earthquake off Alaska | Tsunami watch for US west coast CANCELED

A tsunami warning was issued for parts of Alaska and Canada, with a tsunami watch in place for the whole US west coast CREDIT: US NATIONAL TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER

•Tsunami warning for Alaska and British Columbia CANCELED. A tsunami advisory remains in place for parts of Alaska, but impacts are not expected to be severe. •Tsunami watch for US west coast CANCELED
A shallow magnitude 8.2 earthquake has the Gulf of Alaska, putting a huge area of the North Pacific on alert for a potentially destructive tsunami.

The quake hit 256km southeast of Chiniak, Alaska. It was 10 kilometres deep and hit at 12.31am (10.31pm NZ time), the US Geological Survey said.

"If you are located in this coastal area, move inland to higher ground. Tsunami warnings mean that a tsunami with significant inundation is possible or is already occurring," Anchorage Office of Emergency Management said in a warning for Alaska and British Columbia.

tsunami alert has been issued for the west coast of America after a powerful 8.2-magnitude earthquake struck off Alaska.

The quake hit 157 miles south east of the town of Kodiak at about 9.30am GMT on Tuesday (12.30am local time).
The earthquake hit south east of Kodiak, Alaska - prompting a warning for the west coast of America CREDIT: US GEOLOGICAL SURVEY 

It was in the Gulf of Alaska at a depth of 6.2 miles (10km), the US Geological Survey reported.

The earthquake prompted a tsunami warning for coastal Alaska and the west coast of British Columbia in Canada.

Less severe tsunami watches were issued for the US west coast - the entire coasts of California and Oregon and part of Washington state.

Anchorage, the largest city in Alaska, issued an extreme warning, saying there is "extraordinary threat to life or property".

The alert told people living on the coast to "go to high ground or move inland". There were no immediate reports of damage or injury.

Video posted on social media showed streams of cars queuing in Kodiak as people evacuated the town.


A map issued by the US National Tsunami Warning Center showed the at-risk areas.

The US National Weather Service's Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said "widespread hazardous tsunami waves were possible" on coastal areas "even far from the epicentre".

After the earthquake struck, a buoy in the Gulf of Alaska reportedly recorded a 32ft water surge. Data showed the water height reduced soon afterwards. 

People reported on social media that the quake was felt hundreds of miles away in Anchorage. 

Some living on the coast of Alaska were sent tsunami warnings telling them: "Go to high ground or move inland."

'Move inland to higher ground... the first wave may not be the largest'
In a warning for Alaska and British Columbia, the Anchorage Office of Emergency Management said: "If you are located in this coastal area, move inland to higher ground.

"Tsunami warnings mean that a tsunami with significant inundation is possible or is already occurring.

"Tsunamis are a series of waves dangerous many hours after initial arrival time. The first wave may not be the largest."


'This is not a drill... just go high' - radio station
A local radio station on the Alaskan island of Kodiak, close to the epicentre, urged listeners to move away from coastal areas.

"This is a tsunami warning. This is not a drill. Please get out to higher ground," said the announcer on KMXT public radio.

"If you are on the flats, get up on one of the hills... just go high."


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