Alaska Is Hit With An 8.2 Earthquake

Alaska has been struck with a devastating 8.2 magnitude earthquake on Wednesday, according to Giant Freakin’ Robot.

The Alaska Earthquake Center tweeted out the news about the earthquake. 65 miles off the Alaska Peninsula, Perryville, a small village of approximately 100 people, started at 10:15 p.m. local time. It struck 75 miles southeast from Chignik and was 20 miles deep. This marks the largest since 1965.

Initially, there was a tsunami warning, going from Samalga Pass in the Aleutians to Prince William Sound. Residents were advised to seek higher ground in case it were to occur. It was later downgraded to an advisory an hour and 45 minutes later as things cleared up and more information was gathered on the earthquake. The advisory was canceled around 1:30 a.m. Thursday morning. 

Outside of Alaska, the tsunami warning triggered by the earthquake kicked up notices to coastal areas regarding a potential tsunami. There was a warning for Hawaii, too but later scrapped. It was reported that waves were seven inches higher than normal. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center advised Guam and American Samoa that there might be a threat, but it was later retracted when it was found that those residents would be safe. California, Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia were all cleared too.

Anchorage Daily News reported that there are no known injuries or deaths when the earthquake hit.

The initial earthquake was measured as a magnitude of 7.2 but was revised up to 8.2. Afterward, there were two aftershocks that followed within half an hour later. One was a 6.2 magnitude, and the other was 5.6. 

After the earthquake, police in Kodiak advised people to seek higher ground. The local high school was an option as an evacuation location. Kodiak is by the northwestern tip of Kodiak Island, making it the biggest town on the island, the largest island in Alaska, and the second largest for the country.

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