Alaska Could Get Hit With A Tsunami After A Giant Earthquake

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Tim Pearce on January 23, 2018

A tsunami advisory is still effect Tuesday for parts of Alaska after a magnitude 7.9 earthquake struck in the Gulf of Alaska.

Alaska and British Columbia were under a tsunami warning and Washington, Oregon, California and Hawaii were under a tsunami watch for a short time. The warning has since been downgraded to an advisory and the watch for the was canceled completely.

The quake hit about 12:30 a.m., 175 miles southeast of Kodiak Island, Alaska. The first waves were expected to hit before 2 a.m. in Alaska. Only small, one-foot waves have hit Alaska’s coastline, so far, CNN reports.

Residents in Kodiak Island were advised to leave low-lying areas and stay in evacuation shelters.

Lt. Tim Putney of the Kodiak Police Department said the earthquake lasted for about half a minute.

“I’ve been Kodiak for 19 years that was the strongest, longest lasting one I’ve ever felt,” Putney told The Associated Press.

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