Alaska earthquake triggers evacuations and tsunami warnings in Alaska, Canada and Russia


 Alaska earthquake and tsunami evacuation


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Alaska quake prompts evacuations and tsunami alerts.

 

A tsunami alert has been issued after a 7.9-strength earthquake was recorded off the coast of he former Russian, now US, territory if Alaska.

 

It hit some 300km south-east of Kodiak at a depth of 10km at 00:31 (09:31 UTC), the US Geological Survey said.

 

The US National Weather Service said the alert was in effect for areas including California and the coasts of British Columbia and Alaska. Alerts had also been issued for Russian islands in the vassimity.

 

Officials in Anchorage warned coastal areas, saying there was “extraordinary threat to life and property”.

 

The alert told people to seek refuge on higher grounds in affected areas.

 

The NWS Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said that, based on the preliminary earthquake parameters, “widespread hazardous tsunami waves were possible”.

 

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