Alaska Earthquake With 8.2 Magnitude has alerted the region with a tsunami warning.
As per the United States Geological Survey (USGS) report, the Alaska earthquake hit 91 kilometres (56 miles) southeast of the town of Perryville.
The quake struck at 10:15 pm Wednesday (0615 GMT Thursday). Perryville is a small village about 500 miles from Anchorage, Alaska’s biggest city.
According to the USGS, 5 aftershocks were recorded within a span of 90 minutes from the earthquake. The largest was recorded with a 6.2 magnitude.
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The US government’s National Tsunami Warning Center also issued a tsunami alert for south Alaska and the Alaskan peninsula. Tsunami warning sirens were broadcast across Kodiak. Kodiak has a population of about 6,000 people. As per the estimate, the tsunami would hit Kodiak at about 11:55 pm.
The forecast about the maximum height of any tsunami would be less than 1 foot (30 centimetres) above tide levels.
Initially, a tsunami watch was initially issued for Hawaii. But later it was lifted.
Alaska is part of the seismically active Pacific Ring of Fire.
In March 1964, Alaska was hit by a 9.2-magnitude earthquake which is the strongest ever recorded in North America. More than 250 people were killed by the quake and the tsunami.
In October 2020, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake caused tsunami waves in Alaska’s southern coast. But no casualties were reported.