Tuesday, May 21, 2024

No tsunami threat to B.C. after 7.5 magnitude earthquake hits Alaska (UPDATED)


UPDATE: There is no tsunami threat to B.C. or U.S. and Canadian Pacific coasts other than the immediate epicentral region, according to an update from the Tsunami Warning System.

The tsunami warning is still in effect for South Alaska and the Alaskan peninsula.

Earlier: Emergency Info BC have corrected a previous statement that said a tsunami warning is in effect for the province.

The corrected version states that a potential tsunami warning is being evaluated for B.C. after a major earthquake was detected off the coast of Alaska.

“An assessment is in progress to determine if a tsunami threat exists for BC,” reads a new statement from the authority.

The alert for B.C. was shared on Twitter by Emergency Info BC. The agency says to stand by for further updates.

The 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck 91 km south east of Sand Point, Alaska and prompted tsunami warnings for South Alaska and the Alaska Peninsula.

According to the US Geological Survey, the quake measured 40.1 km in depth and struck at around 1:54 p.m. PST on October 19.

An event picture from the US National Weather Service shows that it could take up to three hours for Vancouver Island residents to feel its impact.

More to come.


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Brishti Basu
Former Senior Staff Writer and Content Manager at Victoria Buzz.

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