UPDATE 8:05 a.m.: A magnitude 7.9 earthquake near Alaska prompts tsunami warning
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A magnitude 7.9 earthquake off Alaska’s Kodiak Island prompted a tsunami warning this morning for a large swath of coastal Alaska and Canada’s British Columbia while the remainder of the U.S. West Coast was under a watch. The tsunami warning has now been canceled.
The strong earthquake was recorded about 175 miles southeast of Kodiak Island early Tuesday morning. Warnings from the National Weather Service sent to cellphones in Alaska warned: “Emergency Alert. Tsunami danger on the coast. Go to high ground or move inland.”
Kodiak officials warned residents to evacuate if they lived in low-lying areas.
People reported on social media that the quake was felt hundreds of miles away, in Anchorage.