Tsunami warnings, watches issued after Gulf of Alaska earthquake

tsunami watch issued early Tuesday for coastal areas from Washington state to California was canceled nearly three hours after a magnitude 7.9 earthquake struck the Gulf of Alaska and prompted precautionary calls to evacuate to higher ground in southern Alaska.

Tsunami watches were also canceled for the Canadian province of British Columbia and Hawaii, although a tsunami advisory remained in effect for southern Alaska after 3 a.m. local time (7 a.m. ET), according to the National Weather Service’s National Tsunami Warning Center.

There were no immediate reports of life-threatening waves or damage to property. The quake struck at 12:31 a.m. local time (4:31 a.m. ET) about 181 miles southeast of Kodiak, Alaska, at a depth of about 6.5 miles, the Alaska Earthquake Center said. The quake’s strength was later revised downward from an initial reading of 8.2 magnitude.  read more