Evacuations Ordered After Powerful Alaska Quake Triggers Tsunami Advisory

An initial tsunami advisory has been canceled for coastal Alaska. One had been issued after a magnitude 7.9 earthquake struck Monday about 15 miles from Little Sitkin Island, Alaska.

The quake had a depth of 71 miles, according to seismologists.

The town of Adak evacuated its 150 residents to a shelter about 600 feet above sea level after the initial tsunami warning, City Manager Layton Lockett told CNN.

There were no initial reports of quake damage in Adak or on Shemya Island, said Ian Dickson, website manager for the Alaska Earthquake Information Center.

Dickson said there were 17 measurable aftershocks in the two hours after the quake.

First estimates put the quake at magnitude 8.0. The strength was subsequently set by the U.S. Geological Survey at 7.9 magnitude.

 

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2 comments

  • Morgan battery

    My parents are on a cruise to Alaska which had left yesterday from Seattle. I know that the boat isn’t at the port in Alaska yet but at this point in time due to the earthquake would the boat just stay out to sea or turn back around if a tsunami does hit?