Alaska: after a powerful earthquake off, the tsunami warning lifted

The Alaska Peninsula was threatened by a tsunami after an 8.2 magnitude quake offshore.

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An earthquake of magnitude 8.2 happened on Wednesday off the peninsula of Alaska, according to the American Institute of Geophysics (USGS), pushing the American authorities to issue a tsunami warning. This was lifted a few hours later.

Tsunami warning affects southern Alaksa and Alaska Peninsula

The quake happened about 100 miles southeast of the town of Perryville, according to the USGS. The tsunami warning was for southern Alaksa and the Alaska Peninsula.

Alaska is part of the Pacific Ring of Fire, an earthquake-prone zone that stretches from the Gulf of Alaska to Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula.

On March 27, 1964, an earthquake of magnitude 9.2, the most violent ever recorded in the United States and in the world, struck the Anchorage region. It had lasted several minutes and caused a destructive tidal wave on the entire American west coast, causing a total of more than 250 victims.

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