US: 7.9 Magnitude Earthquake Shook Gulf of Alaska

24 January 2018, 11:27 | Isaac Mcdaniel

The quake hit about 10.30pm New Zealand time

The quake hit about 10.30pm New Zealand time

Folks on Ocean Beach had different opinions on how big a tsunami here could be.

The fact that the quake occurred so far away gave people more leeway to get to higher ground than if it had occurred near the subduction zone just off the coast of Vancouver Island, she said.

Though the tsunami warnings and evacuation calls were canceled, schools in Kodiak canceled classes after campuses opened overnight as emergency shelters, the district announced via Facebook.

Later, the U.S. Tsunami Warning System downgraded the threat to an advisory for Alaska's Chignik Bay.

The police had not received any reports of damage.

Alaska's Kodiak Island felt the effects of a 7.9 magnitude quake early Tuesday morning which was recorded 175 miles off shore.

Reports varied about how long the shaking lasted.

The minor tsunami was triggered by a magnitude-7.9 quake that struck shortly after midnight.

- An information statement warns an natural disaster has occurred, or that a tsunami warning, watch or advisory has been issued for another section of the ocean.

An advisory remained in effect for a small part of the state.

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Hawaii, Guam and American Samoa are among the islands in the Pacific also told to be on alert. Officials in Japan say there was no tsunami threat there.

About three hours later, the center canceled the warning and watch, saying that buoys and tide gauges along Alaska and British Columbia coastal towns were showing only about eight inches of sea level rise.

Tsunamis can reach a coast within minutes of an natural disaster. The first wave, if anything happened, was expected close to 2 a.m. He described it as a controlled evacuation similar to people driving home from a holiday fireworks show.

"I've been Kodiak for 19 years that was the strongest, longest lasting one I've ever felt", he said by telephone.

At 1:03 a.m., APD answered with another alert: "There is no TSUNAMI Warning for the Anchorage area and Vicinity". There hasn't been much damage reported from the quake since it was deeper in the ground and since it was a good distance from the mainland. People reported on social media that the quake was felt hundreds of miles away, in Anchorage.

Because of the presence of Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant, "we're actually required to demonstrate to (Federal Emergency Management Agency) that we can do this route alerting", Alsop said.

"It's our desire to send that information out to all the people who may be vulnerable to a hazard", he said.

The City of Victoria advised those who lived by the coast to move two blocks inland. They're going to work to try to improve communications.

McCreery said an quake in that area of that size would automatically trigger a tsunami watch for Hawaii because there is the potential that an natural disaster could produce a destructive tsunami.

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