8.2 magnitude earthquake off Alaskan peninsula, small tsunami

Map of Alaska showing the location of an 8.2-magnitude earthquake which struck on Wednesday.The United States Geological Survey reported that an 8.2 magnitude earthquake occurred off Alaska's Alaskan Peninsula on Wednesday. It generated small waves, but not a major tsunami, before all warnings were cancelled.According to the USGS, the earthquake occurred 56 miles (91 km) southeast of Perryville.At 10:15 GMT Wednesday, the earthquake struck. Perryville, Alaska's largest city, is located 500 miles away from Anchorage.The alert was issued immediately by the US government's National Tsunami Warning Center, but it was canceled three hours later.The center detected waves up to eight inches (21 cm) above the tide level. Small tsunamis struck at least six points along Alaska's coast.Tsunami warning sirens were broadcast throughout Kodiak, Alaska, which is an island that has a population of approximately 6,000. It lies along Alaska's coast. Residents living near the sea were advised to move to higher ground.According to a local broadcaster, small waves struck the coast of Kodiak. She stated that authorities had lifted evacuation orders and there were no reports of any damage.Alaska Public Media was informed by Michael West, a state seismologist at the Alaska Earthquake Center. "This earthquake is the strongest to hit Alaska since 1965."Alaska is part of the seismically active Pacific Ring of Fire.In March 1964, the largest earthquake ever recorded in North America struck the state with a magnitude 9.2.It decimated Anchorage and unleashed the tsunami that devastated the Gulf of Alaska, Hawaii, and the US west coast.The tsunami and the earthquake claimed the lives of more than 250 people.In October, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake caused tsunami waves on Alaska's southern coast. However, no deaths were reported.Continue reading Strong undersea earthquake shakes Indonesia; there is no tsunami warning2021 AFP