7.9 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Off Alaska’s Kodiak Island, Tsunami Warning Canceled

By  //  January 23, 2018

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recorded about at 12:31 a.m. local time about 155 miles off of Chiniak, Alaska

A large 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck off Alaska’s Kodiak Island early Tuesday, prompting a tsunami warning for a large swath of coastal Alaska and Canada’s British Columbia that was later downgraded to an advisory as possible destructive waves failed to materialize.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake was recorded about at 12:31 a.m. local time about 155 miles off of Chiniak, Alaska.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center initially said “widespread hazardous tsunami waves were possible,” but later said waves failed to show up in coastal communities.

Buoy 46410, located northeast of the quake’s epicenter, recorded a “water displacement” of 32 feet, the National Weather Service said. The reported 32-foot wave, however, failed to materialize in coastal areas, which only saw between a one and three-foot rise.

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