Late on Wednesday evening (local time) the earth shook off the south coast of the US state Alaska – tsunami warning!
The earthquake, which the United States Geological Survey (USGS) reported with a magnitude of 8.2, occurred at a depth of approximately 35 kilometers. As a result, the US National Weather Service (NOAA) issued a tsunami warning for Southern alaska and the Alaska Peninsula out. It also applies to the US state Hawaii and the US Pacific Territory Guam. In addition, it will be checked whether there is a threat to other coastal areas in the USA and Canada. According to the broadcaster NHK, the authorities in Japan are also discussing whether a tsunami warning is necessary for the state.
A large tidal wave could therefore reach the west coast of the USA as early as noon.
Initially, there were no indications of injuries or major damage. The National Tsunami Warning Center posted a graphic about the event on Twitter:
Communities in the affected area are preparing, the first areas are being evacuated, as the Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management tweeted:
Alaska is located on the Pacific Ring of Fire, where tectonic plates collide. Earthquakes and volcanic eruptions are common in this area.