Alaska Powerful 8.2 Earthquake Prompts Tsunami Alert (Updated)

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Alaska is on high alert after 8.2 magnitude earthquake was recorded off the southern Alaskan coast in the US.

10m wave has been detected heading for the coast of Alaska.

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Update (09:57 EST Jan. 23):

As it was reported forecasters canceled tsunami warnings for Alaska and the US and Canadian west coasts Tuesday after an earthquake in the Gulf of Alaska stoked fears of damaging waves.

The tsunami alerts were canceled “because additional information and analysis have better defined the threat,” said the National Tsunami Warning Center in Palmer, Alaska.

Alaska Alert

The magnitude 8.2 quake was reported at 12:31 a.m. local time in the Gulf of Alaska, according to the United States Geological Survey.

The US National Weather Service said the alert was in effect for areas including California and the coasts of British Columbia and Alaska.

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It is expected that tsunami will reach Alaska in 3 hrs California in 6 hrs.

Scientists located the epicenter of the earthquake some 280 kilometers (174 miles) southeast of Kodiak, Alaska, at a depth of 10 kilometers.

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

“If you are located in this coastal area, move inland to higher ground,” Anchorage Office of Emergency Management said. “Tsunami warnings mean that a tsunami with significant inundation is possible or is already occurring.”

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