Alaska earthquake LIVE: A Tsunami alert was issued for the entire West Coast of US after an 8.2 magnitude Alaska earthquake hit the Gulf of Alaska. According to the initial details available, the earthquake hit Alaska 280 km (173 miles) south-east of Kodiak, 25km deep, at 00:31 (09:31 GMT), the US Geological Survey said. Officials in Anchorage warned coastal areas, saying there was “extraordinary threat to life or property”. The local police also posted a video on its official Twitter handle asking people to evacuate and move to the higher grounds. “If you are located in this coastal area, move inland to higher ground. Tsunami warnings mean that a tsunami with significant inundation is possible or is already occurring,” the Anchorage Office of Emergency Management said in a warning for Alaska and British Columbia. However, there were no immediate reports of damage or injury:
Here are Alaska earthquake LIVE Updates:
7: 01 pm: Earlier, the earthquake struck about 175 miles southeast of Kodiak, Alaska, shortly after midnight (Alaska local time). The quake had a depth of about 15 miles, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS). A number of smaller aftershocks were recorded nearby, as per the USGS.
6: 48 pm: The San Francisco Department of Emergency Management warned residents within three blocks of the Pacific Coast or within five blocks of the San Francisco Bay to prepare to evacuate.
6: 20 pm: According to the Tsunami Warning Centre, a Tsunami warning is in effect for southeast and south Alaska, including the Alaska Peninsula and Aleutian Islands, as well as British Columbia in Canada.
5:37 PM: Here are live visuals from the evacuation:
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5:30 PM: When the announcement was made, half of Alaska was sleeping as it was still 2 AM. A woman has shared evacuation pictures from Gingolx village in British Columbia, Canada.The images show people stood out on the streets in the dark.
5:10 PM: “This is a tsunami warning. this is not a drill. Please get out to higher ground,” said the announcer on KMXT public radio. “If you are on the flats, get up on one of the hills … Just go high.”
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Alaska’s Kodiak Police Department told residents in a video posted 20 minutes ago to evacuate their homes and move to ground at least 100 ft or higher amid tsunami alert. pic.twitter.com/uuWW1nqLyP
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5:00 PM: The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said if a tsunami is generated, it could reach Hawaii by 4:23 am (1423 GMT) at the earliest.