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Powerful 8.2 quake hits Alaska Peninsula; triggers tsunami warnings

Jul 29, 2021, 8:40 AM
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The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said it is not issuing an order to evacuate in the country's Pacific seaboard, after an 8.2-magnitude earthquake struck Alaska.

A tsunami warning has been issued in the Pacific Ocean afer a shallow earthquake of magnitude 8.2 struck the Alaska Peninsula late Wednesday (July 28; Thursday PST).

There were no immediate reports on loss of property or life.

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said the quake, which struck at 10:15 p.m. local time (2:15 p.m. PST), was at a depth of 35 kilometers.

The tremor struck about 91 kilometers east-southeast of Perryville in Alaska.

It was about 800 km (500 miles) from Anchorage, Alaska’s biggest city. It was followed by seven aftershocks, two of them above magnitude 6.0, according to USGS.

In Alaska, the National Tsunami Warning Center (NTWC) issued warnings for southern parts, the Peninsula, and Pacific coastal areas from Hinchinbrook Entrance to Unimak Pass. It also issued a “tsunami watch” for the U.S. state of Hawaii.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) said the possibility of a tsunami threat to the U.S. state of Hawaii and the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam was being investigated.

Japan’s Meteorological Agency was investigating whether there was a possibility of a tsunami hitting Japan, the public broadcaster NHK said.

Authorities in New Zealand also said they were assessing if there was any danger to coastal regions.

The U.S. NTWC said it was evaluating the level of tsunami danger for other U.S. and Canadian Pacific coastal areas.

Meanwhile, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said it is not issuing an order to evacuate in the country's Pacific seaboard, while communities in the area are advised to wait for further developments.

(ONT/With report from CNBC)

Tags: #Alaska, #earthquake, #tsunami, #PacificTsunamiWarningCenter


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