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  World   Americas  23 Jan 2018  8.2 magnitude quake strikes Alaska, prompts tsunami warning

8.2 magnitude quake strikes Alaska, prompts tsunami warning

AFP
Published : Jan 23, 2018, 3:48 pm IST
Updated : Jan 23, 2018, 4:03 pm IST

The quake prompted a tsunami warning for parts of Alaska and Canada and a tsunami watch for the entire US west coast.

An earthquake of magnitude 8.2 hit 256 km (157 miles) southeast of Chiniak, Alaska. (Photo: Representational | PTI)
 An earthquake of magnitude 8.2 hit 256 km (157 miles) southeast of Chiniak, Alaska. (Photo: Representational | PTI)

Washington: A powerful earthquake of magnitude 8.2 struck off the southern coast of Alaska early Tuesday, prompting tsunami warnings.

The quake struck at 0931 GMT in the Gulf of Alaska, 280 kilometers (175 miles) southeast of the town of Kodiak, the US Geological Survey said. The epicenter was 10 kilometers under the seabed.

Tsunami warnings were issued for Alaska and the west coast of Canada, the National Tsunami Warning Center said.

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

In Alaska, authorities urged coast dwellers to seek safety.

"If you are located in this coastal area, move inland to higher ground," the Anchorage Office of Emergency Management said.

"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."

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