Jump to content

Tsunami Warning Alaska and Canada’s British Columbia

Recommended Posts

Alfred E. Neuman
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A magnitude 8.2 earthquake off Alaska’s Kodiak Island prompted a tsunami warning for a large swath of coastal Alaska and Canada’s British Columbia while the remainder of the U.S. West Coast was under a watch.

The strong earthquake was recorded about 175 miles southeast of Kodiak Island early Tuesday morning. Warnings from the National Weather Service sent to cellphones in Alaska warned: “Emergency Alert. Tsunami danger on the coast. Go to high ground or move inland.”

Kodiak officials warned residents to evacuate if they lived in low-lying areas.

Link to post
Share on other sites
Richard K

For some reason I could not read your text.... I'm not sure this will effect the PI much...????

Link to post
Share on other sites

Tsunami warnings started wailing about 01:00 here in the Aleutians.  Public safety was out telling people to evacuate to high ground on loud speakers, saying it was a mandatory evacuation. Evacuated our plant and housing facilities then spent two hours on the side of a mountain waiting for the all clear.

Wasn't so bad for me, my nightshift guy is out with pneumonia and I was covering his shift so was already up, on the clock and sat in my warm truck with the wife :)




  • Like 1
  • Thanks 2
Link to post
Share on other sites
Richard K

well... glad you are safe there..try not to float away..:)

  • Like 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
  • Administrator
Salty Dog


Tsunami warning downgraded after major earthquake hits off Alaska

A powerful earthquake of magnitude 7.9 struck off the coast of Alaska early Tuesday, prompting tsunami warnings down the Canadian coast, California and Hawaii.

Officials at the National Tsunami Center canceled the warnings after a few tense hours, after waves failed to show up in coastal Alaskan communities. No serious damage was reported.

The undersea temblor hit 175 miles southeast of Kodiak at 4:30 a.m. EST, according to the US Geological Survey, and in some coastal areas people were urged to seek higher ground.

The epicenter was about 6 miles under the seabed. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

Initially, the USGS said the quake was a magnitude 8.2, prompting the tsunami warning for coastal Alaska and Canada’s British Columbia, while the remainder of the US West Coast was under a watch.

Mickey Varnadao, a specialist at the warning center in Palmer, Alaska, said an advisory remained in effect for parts of Alaska, from Kodiak Island to Prince William Sound.

Watches were canceled for Washington, Oregon and California.

Hawaii was under a tsunami watch for about an hour and a half, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said, according to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

“Based on all available data there is no tsunami threat to the state of Hawaii. Therefore … the tsunami watch for Hawaii is now canceled,” it said.

Officials in Japan said there was no tsunami threat there.

Heather Rand, who was 360 miles away in Anchorage, said it felt like the longest earthquake she had ever experienced, Agence France-Presse reported,

“It was a very long, slow build-up. Creepy, more than anything. Definitely the longest, and I was born here,” Rand told CNN, adding the only damage was cracks in the wall.

In Alaska, authorities urged coast dwellers to seek safety.

“If you are located in this coastal area, move inland to higher ground,” the Anchorage Office of Emergency Management said.

“Tsunami warnings mean that a tsunami with significant inundation is possible or is already occurring. Tsunamis are a series of waves dangerous many hours after initial arrival time. The first wave may not be the largest.”

Japan’s meteorological agency said it was monitoring the situation but did not issue a tsunami alert, according to Reuters.

Keith Perkins, who lives in the southeastern Alaska community of Sitka, arrived at a high school early Tuesday after an alarm on his cellphone alerted him to the tsunami warning.

He said people on Facebook were wondering whether the alert was real and what they should do.

Perkins said he thought it best to head to the school, the tsunami evacuation point, even though in the past he felt his home was at a “high-enough spot.”

“I figured I’d probably just better play it safe,” he said, according to the Honolulu paper.




Link to post
Share on other sites
16 hours ago, Richard K said:

I'm not sure this will effect the PI much...????

Only if you are from that area or have friends in that area or are a member who lives in that area, but you are still safe in your bubble so no worries mate.

Link to post
Share on other sites
This topic is now closed to further replies.
  • Create New...

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Guidelines. We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue..


I Understand...