Earthquake Strikes Off West Coast Of Alaska

Earthquake Strikes Off West Coast Of Alaska

An earthquake measuring 7.7 has been recorded in the Pacific Ocean off Alaska, triggering a tsunami warning.

The quake was centred about 60 miles (100 km) southwest of Port Alexander at a depth of about six miles (10km), according to the US Geological Survey.

A small but possibly destructive tsunami has been generated and a tsunami warning is in effect for parts of southern Alaska and coastal Canada.

The Alaska Tsunami Warning Centre says the warning area includes coastal areas from about 75 miles (120 km) southeast of Cordova, Alaska, to the north tip of Vancouver Island.

The center says some areas are seeing small sea level changes, but there will be no widespread destructive wave that had earlier been warned about.

Waves were expected to hit first in Langara, in Canada's British Columbia province, and later in the morning farther north and west, possibly reaching as far as Homer on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula, the centre said.

The tsunami warning was likely to be in effect for at least four hours, earthquake centre scientist Bill Knight said. So far there had been no reports of damage from the earthquake.

A tsunami with a "significant widespread inundation of land is expected" with the first wave expected around 2:15 am PST in Craig, and 2:50 in Cordova, further to the north and widespread dangerous coastal flooding is possible.

"Sea level readings indicate a tsunami was generated," the US centre said in a statement. "It may have been destructive along coasts near the earthquake epicentre."

Gerard Fryer, a geophysicist from the Pacific Warning Centre said: "We have seen a small tsunami at Port Alexander 100 miles south of the epicentre.

"The tsunami amplitude was 13cm which suggests there may be troublesome waves in the immediate area of the quake, but beyond that there is no hazard so we do not have a tsunami warning for anywhere else in the pacific”.

Homes were shaken in Alaska's state capital of Juneau some 205 miles (330 kilometers) away, The Juneau Empire newspaper reported. But there was apparently no major damage to the city, the largest in the area.

Juneau resident Archie Hinman told the Empire the quake "shook my Juneau home violently enough to awaken the entire family. No apparent damage."

The earthquake reading was based on the open-ended Moment Magnitude scale used by US seismologists, which measures the area of the fault that ruptured and the total energy released.
Officials said in the initial 20 minutes of the quake, which struck about 95 kilometres west of Craig, Alaska, there was some panic. However, the Alaska Tsunami Warning Center later reported that the waves only reached six inches above normal sea level.......... Stand back lads. I have video if anyone wants to see it !!!
I'm concerned enough to start ringing round to arrange a benefit concert. Can someone pull strings and get Macca to do "Hey Jude" as an encore with various minor Pop stars, token R&B blokes throwing their hands around and wear shades whilst girls with booty waggle them into the cameras and Tom Jones tells us about when he met Elvis? Maybe we can get the Marines to play along... Poor Polar bears, native drunk American-Indians and loggers. Please help.
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