Alaska hit by 8.2 magnitude earthquake

An 8.2 magnitude earthquake struck late Wednesday off the Alaskan Peninsula, according to the US Institute of Geophysics (USGS), triggering a tsunami warning in that US state.

The earthquake occurred at 10:15 p.m. local time (8:15 a.m. Thursday in Switzerland) 91 km southeast of the town of Perryville, itself located some 800 km from Anchorage, the largest city in Switzerland. Alaska, according to American Institute of Geophysics.

The US tsunami warning system issued an alert for southern Alaska and the Alaska Peninsula. A statement first warned of “dangerous tsunami waves” along some coasts, before specifying two hours later that these waves would remain below 30 centimeters above tide level.

Tsunami warning in several regions of the United States

Tsunami warning sirens sounded in Kodiak, an island of about 6,000 people off the coast, but no tsunami was reported there according to local radio KMXT. Videos posted to social media by reporters and Kodiak residents showed people driving away from the coast as warning sirens sounded.

A tsunami watch was initially issued for Hawaii, with residents told to stay away from beaches, but it was lifted about two hours later. Five aftershocks were recorded within 90 minutes of the quake, the largest measuring 6.2, according to the USGS.

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