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'EXTRAORDINARY THREAT TO LIFE'

 

Alaska earthquake sparks tsunami warnings across entire US West Coast and Hawaii after massive 8.2 magnitude tremor

The earthquake struck 157 miles southeast of Chiniak, Alaska at a depth of 6.2 miles at 9.31 GMT, the US Geological Survey said


AMERICA’S West Coast is braced for a tsunami following a massive 8.2-magnitude earthquake as residents near the epicentre were warned of an “extraordinary threat to life”.


Locals were urged to get to higher ground in major cities and warned the incoming tsunami could be “destructive” after the powerful quake struck off Alaska.

The 8.2 magnitude earthquake struck out at sea in the Gulf of Alaska
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The 8.2 magnitude earthquake struck out at sea in the Gulf of Alaska


The earthquake hit at a depth of 6.2 miles at 9.31am GMT, the US Geological Survey said.


Residents living close to the epicentre of the quake spoke of being woken in the dead of night by warning sirens.


Sirens rang out out across Kodiak, located about 157 miles northwest of where the tremor struck, prompting a massive evacuation.


Locals were seen fleeing the city in their cars as authorities ordered them to head to higher ground after a 32ft wave was detected.

What we know so far:

    An earthquake of 8.2 magnitude struck off the coast of Alaska at 9.30am GMT
    The quake triggered tsunami warnings along the whole US West Coast
    Residents living near the epicentre were woken by warning sirens in the dead of night

    Locals in towns like Kodiak were urged to flee their homes and head for higher ground

    Tsunami waves could hit the coasts of Oregon and Washington as early as around 1pm GMT

    A buoy out at sea near the epicentre detected a 32ft wave soon after the tremor

Sirens blast in Kodiak after Alaska earthquake prompts tsunami alert
People were seen fleeing the city of Kodiak in Alaska in their cars
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People were seen fleeing the city of Kodiak in Alaska in their cars
Kodiak is being evacuated as tsunami warnings are issued for the US and Canadian West Coast
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Kodiak is being evacuated as tsunami warnings are issued for the US and Canadian West Coast
People are seen huddled in an emergency centre in Tofino, Canada
Catherine Lempke


People are seen huddled in an emergency centre in Tofino, Canada
Evacuations in Kodiak, Alaska after 8.2 magnitude earthquake sparks tsunami warning for US west coast


Kodiak cop Sgt Beaver told social media users in the town: “This is not a drill, this is a tsunami warning. Everybody get at least 100ft above sea level.”


The Anchorage Office of Emergency Management warned those living in coastal areas of Alaska and British Columbia:


"If you are located in this coastal area, move inland to higher ground.


"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."


Emily Russell, a local radio reporter, said tsunami sirens were ringing out through the town as residents made their way to higher ground.


One Twitter user wrote: “Tsunami sirens going off in Kodiak after the earthquake, I usually only ever hear the weekly siren test at 2pm on Wednesdays so hearing it at 1am on Tuesday is actually terrifying!!”
Authorities sent out text message warnings urging people to flee to high ground


Authorities sent out text message warnings urging people to flee to high ground

Police in Kodiak in Alaska tell people to get 'at least 100 feet above sea level' after earthquake sparks US west coast tsunami fear
Tsunami warning in effect for


BRITISH COLUMBIA, The Juan de Fuca Strait coast, the outer west coast of Vancouver Island, the central coast and northeast Vancouver Island, and the north coast and Haida Gwaii


SOUTHEAST ALASKA, The inner and outer coast from The BC/Alaska Border to Cape Fairweather, Alaska (80 miles SE of Yakutat)


SOUTH ALASKA AND THE ALASKA PENINSULA, Pacific coasts from Cape Fairweather, Alaska (80 miles SE of Yakutat) to Unimak Pass, Alaska (80 miles NE of Unalaska)


ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, Unimak Pass, Alaska (80 miles NE of Unalaska) to Attu, Alaska including the Pribilof Islands
Tsunami Watch in Effect for:


CALIFORNIA, The coast from The Cal./Mexico Border to The Oregon/Cal. Border including San Francisco Bay


OREGON, The coast from The Oregon/Cal. Border to The Oregon/Wash. Border including the Columbia River estuary coast


WASHINGTON, Outer coast from the Oregon/Washington border to Slip Point, Columbia River estuary coast, and the Juan de Fuca Strait coast


Residents of Anchorage - Alaska's largest city located around 500 miles from the epicentre - said they were alerted to it by text messages.


Gordy Armstrong said: "You grow accustomed to riding out the occasional earthquakes living up here in Anchorage...that one was different.


"Shook the house pretty good and just kept going. Hope the people down south are alright."

Shaun Dyess wrote:

"I’m here in anchorage Alaska.

It was shaking for along time.

Hope no one got hurt."


 

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/5404437/alaska-earthquake-tsunami-warning-today-magnitude-latest-anchorage-west-coast-hawaii/

 

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that worrying about people, we must be certain that nature hits without realizing that we are fragile, also in our country we have lived earthquakes of similar magnitude, we hope and everything is fine. always alert to the announcements by the replicas.

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