Alaska quake; local tsunami warning

2014-06-23 23:52

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Los Angeles - An 8.0-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Alaska on Monday, the US Geological Survey said, generating a local tsunami warning.

But the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said that "based on all available data, a destructive Pacific-wide tsunami is not expected," adding that Hawaii was also not at risk.

The epicentre of the quake, which struck at 20:53 GMT, was located 24km southeast of Alaska's Little Sitkin Island.

The National Tsunami Warning Centre said the warning was in effect for coastal areas from Nikolski on Umnak Island to Attu Island at the far western end of the Aleutians.

In those areas, "widespread dangerous coastal flooding accompanied by powerful currents are possible, and may continue for many hours after tsunami arrival."

It also said the level of tsunami danger for other US and Canadian Pacific coasts was being evaluated.


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