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Tsunami warning issued following 7.4 magnitude earthquake off Alaska Peninsula

NWS National Tsunami Warning Center Palmer AK on Oct. 19, 2020. (National Weather Service National Tsunami Warning Center/Released)
October 19, 2020

A magnitude 7.4 earthquake struck in the North Pacific Ocean Monday afternoon, triggering a tsunami warning along the Alaska Peninsula Coast.

The earthquake struck about 62 miles southeast of Sand Point at 12:54 p.m. local time, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The area is about 575 miles southwest of Anchorage.

The earthquake triggered a tsunami warning for areas along the Alaska Peninsula coastline, according to the U.S. Tsunami Warning Center.

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The warning extended from Kennedy Entrance, 40 miles southwest of Homer, to Unimak Pass, 80 miles northeast of Unalaska.

There were no immediate reports of damage.

Tsunami sirens were reported going off at Kodiak around 1:30 p.m.

King Cove city administrator Gary Hennigh said the quake was felt in the Alaska Peninsula community but everything seemed to be intact.

“Residents and cannery workers are evacuating to higher ground until we know more about the tsunami warning,” Hennigh said.

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(c)2020 Alaska Dispatch News (Anchorage, Alaska)

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