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Massive earthquake in the United States triggers tsunami warnings

A 7.9 magnitude earthquake just hit of the coast of Alaska

Tsunami Sirens Going Off In Alaska Following 7.9 Magnitude Earthquake

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A 7.9-magnitude earthquake was recorded off the coast of Alaska in the United states today.

It hit 280km (173 miles) south-east of Kodiak, at a depth of 25km, at 00:31 (09:31 GMT), the US Geological Survey said.

The US National Weather Service says a warning is in effect for the coasts of Alaska and British Columbia, while the US west coast is on tsunami watch.

A buoy has reportedly recorded a wave of 10m (32ft) just north east of the epicentre of an 8.2 magnitude earthquake which has struck 157 miles south east of Chiniak in Alaska.

Residents of Kodiak were asked by police to move at least 100 feet above ground as a precaution. Kodiak Police Department said slightly before 2 a.m. local time (7 a.m. ET) they had not seen any increase in waves. By 2:30 a.m., Kodiak police said in the area said waters were receding from the town’s harbour.

Around 3:30 a.m. local time, officials canceled tsunami warnings for coastal areas of South Alaska, the Alaska Peninsula and the Aleutian Islands. Warnings were also called off for Hawaii and the Oregon, Washington, British Columbia and California coasts.

Tsunami warnings remained in effect for other parts of South Alaska and the Alaska Peninsula, specifically the coastal areas from Hinchinbrook Island, about 90 miles east of Seward, to Chignik, Alaska.

Tsunami warnings were issued for the south coast of Alaska and the western edge of British Columbia. Watches were extended as far south as California. Hawaii was under a tsunami watch as well.

More to follow as it breaks.


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