Western Tsunami Warnings Issued, Cancelled Following Earthquake

Alerts lifted for Alaska, British Columbia, U.S. West Coast


Photo by U.S. Geological Survey/Public Domain

Aftermath of the Great Alaskan Earthquake in Anchorage, Alaska, 1964.

Natalie Pearson, Staff Reporter

Jan. 23, 2018 – A 7.9-magnitude earthquake struck in the Gulf of Alaska early Tuesday, prompting a tsunami warning for a large part of the U.S. West Coast and Canada. The warning has since been canceled following no reports of waves in the area.

The earthquake hit at about 12:30 a.m. and was recorded 173 miles southeast of Kodiak, an island on the southern coast of Alaska. Tsunami warnings were issued shortly thereafter urging citizens to seek higher ground. No serious damage has been reported.

The U.S. Geological Survey tweeted an explanation of what caused the quake:

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