Tsunami warning issued after 7.5 earthquake hit off Alaska coast

Monday, 19. October 2020 23:29

A tsunami warning was issued in parts of southern Alaska after a 7.5 magnitude earthquake shook the region on Monday, with local authorities warning hazardous waves could hit the coastal areas of the peninsula following the tremor.

The earthquake's epicenter was 91 kilometers southeast of the city of Sand Point and it struck at a depth of 40.1 kilometers, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS). The city is home to a population of 1,140, however, it remains unknown as of yet whether there were any casualties or damages.

"Tsunamis can travel hundreds of miles per hour, so you can't escape if you're close enough to see one. If you're on the beach and the tide suddenly goes out, head inland immediately," the warning reads.

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