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8.2 Magnitude Earthquake off Alaskan Peninsula, Tsunami Warning

Moderate shaking most likely occurred in Perryville, Chignik Lake and Sandpoint.

A 7.5 magnitude earthquake triggered tsunami waves in Alaska’s southern coast in October, however no casualties had been reported.

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  • Last Updated: July 29, 2021, 13:08 IST
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A shallow 8.2 magnitude earthquake struck off the Alaskan peninsula late Wednesday, the United States Geological Survey stated, prompting a tsunami warning.

The earthquake hit 56 miles (91 kilometers) southeast of the city of Perryville, the USGS stated, with a tsunami warning in impact for south Alaska and the Alaskan peninsula. The US authorities issued a tsunami warning for Alaska’s southeast.

“Hazardous tsunami waves for this earthquake are possible within the next three hours along some coasts,” the US Tsunami Warning System stated in an announcement. Perryville is a small village about 500 miles from Anchorage, Alaska’s greatest metropolis.

A 7.5 magnitude earthquake triggered tsunami waves in Alaska’s southern coast in October, however no casualties had been reported. Alaska is a part of the seismically energetic Pacific Ring of Fire. Alaska was hit by a 9.2-magnitude earthquake in March 1964, the strongest ever recorded in North America. It devastated Anchorage and unleashed a tsunami that slammed the Gulf of Alaska, the US west coast, and Hawaii.

More than 250 folks had been killed by the quake and the tsunami.

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