7.8 Richter scale earthquake strikes Alaska, Tsunami warning triggered
An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.8 struck off the coast of Alaska early Wednesday morning.
The earthquake was centered 60 miles, or 98 kilometers, south-southeast, of Perryville, Alaska, according to the US Geological Survey. The quake is considered shallow at about six miles, or 10 kilometers, deep.
“Anything below 70 kilometers is considered a shallow quake,” CNN meteorologist Allison Chinchar previously said. “That’s important, because shallow earthquakes often cause the most damage, compared to the ones that are deeper, regardless of the strength.” as reported by CNN.
The Alaska Earthquake Centre posted on Twitter:
Estimated Tsunami Arrival times from the Tsunami Warning Center following M7.8 Earthquake in Southern Alaska.
The homer spit is being evacuated. There’s been a massive earthquake to the south and the tsunami sirens are blaring. Cars are streaming up Skyline, one after the other outside my window.
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