Tsunami warning as 7.8-magnitude quake hits off Alaska: USGS

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Jul 22 2020 04:55 PM

A 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck off the Alaskan peninsula Wednesday, triggering a tsunami warning for areas within 300 kilometers of the epicenter.

The shallow quake hit at 0612 GMT Wednesday about 800 kms southwest of Anchorage, and around 96 kms south-southeast of the remote settlement of Perryville, the US Geological Survey said.

"Based on the preliminary earthquake parameters... hazardous tsunami waves are possible for coasts located within 300 km of the earthquake epicenter," the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.

A tsunami warning was in effect for the Alaskan peninsula and south Alaska.

"For other US and Canadian Pacific coasts in North America, the level of tsunami danger is being evaluated."

The quake was felt hundreds of miles away.

"Bed and curtains were going. Felt like a very long quake!" one witness in Homer, Alaska, some 640 kms from the epicenter, said on the quake monitoring website msc-csem.org.

Alaska is part of the seismically active Pacific Ring of Fire.

Alaska was hit by a 9.2-magnitude earthquake in March 1964, the strongest ever recorded in North America. It devastated Anchorage and unleashed a tsunami that slammed the Gulf of Alaska, the US west coast, and Hawaii.

More than 250 people were killed by the quake and the tsunami.