A 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Alaska’s southern coast, said a CNN report.
The earthquake was centered in the Pacific Ocean about 60 miles southeast of Perryville on the sparsely populated Alaska Peninsula.
The tremor struck around 10:12 p.m. local time (2:12 a.m. Wednesday EST).
CNN said, reports of significant damage, if any, weren’t immediately available.
A Tsunami Warning
The earthquake briefly sparked a tsunami concerns before officials said no destructive waves were coming.
Authorities initially issued a tsunami warning for south Alaska and the Alaska Peninsula.
However, it was canceled by early Wednesday, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
The warning sent people to higher ground in cities like Sand Point, an island community of about 1,000 people off the peninsula.
Sand Point Holds Its Breath
Residents of Sand Point holds their breath due to the earlier tsunami warning.
People gathered at a high school until shortly after midnight, when officials gave an all-clear.
This is according to Jordan Keeler, an Anchorage-based city administrator, who told the Anchorage Daily News.
Keeler told Anchorage Daily News:
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“The first wave didn’t materialize, which is a great thing,”
He added, no reports of major structural damage were made on the island.
A magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck off the coast of Alaska late Tuesday.
Why The Tsunami Advisory Was Cancelled
National Tsunami Warning Center Director James Gridley offered an explanation of why they canceled the tsunami advisory.
Gridley told CNN affiliate KTUU:
“We’ve canceled the (tsunami) advisories because it doesn’t look like it’s becoming a large wave or any large.”
US Geological Survey (USGS) said there were reports of strong shakings in the Alaskan peninsula.
According to the USGS, Kodiak received some light to weak shaking.
It is about 300 miles northeast of the quake’s center, and in Anchorage, some 530 miles from the center.
In Kodiak a long line of cars headed up a mountain.
This is after residents learned of the tsunami warning late Tuesday, said the report.
Kodiak is a city with 6,000 people.