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Alaska earthquake: Residents forced to evacuate after major quake strikes near coast

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Zoe Tidman
Thursday 29 July 2021 13:12
People evacuate as tsunami sirens blare in Alaska

Tsunami warnings were issued after a 8.2 earthquake struck off the coast of Alaska.

The warnings - affecting coastal regions of the US state and the Pacific region - were lifted hours later.

Authorities said the quake - which was recorded at 10:15 pm on Wednesday local time (6.15am GMT Thursday) - struck under the surface of the ocean off the coast of Alaska.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage to property, although several Alaskan coastal communities were evacuated following the earthquake.


Good morning and welcome to our rolling coverage of the Alaska earthquake and tsunami warnings in the region.

Zoe Tidman29 July 2021 08:15

BREAKING: Tsunami warning as 8.2-magnitude tremor strikes off coast

Tsunami warning as 8.2-magnitude earthquake strikes near Alaska

An earthquake of magnitude 8.2 has struck off the coast of Alaskan peninsula

Zoe Tidman29 July 2021 08:22

Details of earthquake

The US Geological Survey (USGS) said the earthquake was magnitude 8.2 and hit 91km east southeast of Perryville, Alaska.

The quake was about 46km below the surface of the ocean, according to USGS.

Two other earthquakes with preliminary magnitudes of 6.2 and 5.6 occurred in the same area within a half hour of the first one, the body reported.


Zoe Tidman29 July 2021 09:06

Countries investigating potential tsunami threat

Other countries are investigating whether there is a potential tsunami threat following the quake off the coast of Alaska.

In New Zealand, authorities said they were assessing if there was any danger to coastal regions.

Japan’s Meteorological Agency said it was investigating whether there was a possibility of a tsunami hitting Japan, according to public broadcaster NHK.

Additional reporting by Reuters

Zoe Tidman29 July 2021 09:20

Tsunami alarms

Residents have shared videos of tsunami alarms ringing following the quake:

Zoe Tidman29 July 2021 09:41

Tsunami watch for Hawaii

A tsunami watch has been issued for Hawaii following a large earthquake off the Alaska peninsula.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre (PTWC) listed the magnitude as 8.1 and said “an investigation is under way to determine if there is a tsunami threat to Hawaii”, according to the Honolulu Star Advertiser.


Zoe Tidman29 July 2021 09:48

Watch as tsunami sirens blare

Tsunami sirens have blared in Alaska following the earthquake that has triggered warnings across the region.

You can watch on Independent TV here:

Watch: Tsunami sirens blare in Alaska after earthquake strikes the coast

An 8.2 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Alaska on Thursday morning, triggering a tsunami warning in the area.The chilling alarm can be heard in footage shared from the city of Kodiak, where residents have been urged to move away from coastal areas and seek higher land. The earthquake struck at 10.15pm Wednesday local time, with its epicentre around 50 miles south-east of Perryville on the Alaskan Peninsula.Tsunami warnings have also been issued for Hawaii and southern parts of Alaska.

Zoe Tidman29 July 2021 10:34

No tsunami risk in Japan - broadcaster

There is no risk of tsunami damaging the Japanese coast after a magnitude 8.2 earthquake struck the Alaska Peninsula, the Japanese public broadcaster NHK said.

There might be small changes to tide levels, it added.


Zoe Tidman29 July 2021 11:11

Hawaii warning cancelled

The tsunami warning for Hawaii has now been cancelled.

Zoe Tidman29 July 2021 11:25

Alaska coastline alerts cancelled

All tsunami alerts for the Alaska coastline have also been cancelled:

Zoe Tidman29 July 2021 11:27

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