Alaska natural disaster: Massive 7.4 magnitude quake strikes triggering Tsunami warning

Elias Hubbard
October 20, 2020

No tsunami threat is expected in Washington state following a 7.5-magnitude quake Monday in Alaska, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources says.

At 3:12 p.m, the National Weather Service Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said that though a tsunami warning remains in effect for South Alaska and the the Alaska Peninsula, not other warnings are in effect. Pacific time 58 miles from Sand Point, Alaska, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Tsunami Warning System. No injuries or structural damage have yet been reported.

In the last 10 days, there has been one quake of magnitude 3.0 or greater centered nearby.

Observations are in progress to determine if a tsunami threat exists for Canada's British Columbia coast.

Eerie footage has circulated on social media in which sirens and an emergency announcement can be heard, with a voice stating over a loudspeaker "attention: a tsunami warning has been issued for this area".

Preliminary information suggests that the event was a strike-slip quake that hit at an estimated depth of 40 kilometres.

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