Tsunami warning issued after earthquake of 7.5 magnitude off Alaska peninsula

A magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck the North Pacific Ocean Monday afternoon, triggering a tsunami warning off the Alaska Peninsula coast.

According to the US Geological Survey, the quake occurred southeast at 12:54 pm, about 62 miles from the earthquake point. The area is about 575 miles southwest of Anchorage.

According to the US Tsunami Warning Center, the earthquake warned of a tsunami for areas along the Alaska Peninsula coast.

This warning extended to the Unimak Pass, 80 miles northeast of Ulamak, at Kennedy Entrance, 40 miles southwest of Homer.

According to the warning center, the cook inlet or anchorage is not included in the warning.

There were no immediate reports of damage.

According to an alert by the National Weather Service, tsunami arrival time was estimated at 1:55 pm in Cold Bay, 2:45 pm in Cold Bay and Kodiak at 2:50 pm.

An earthquake was felt in coastal communities in the area.

“It was a very good ride – I can’t tell you how long – maybe 15-30 seconds,” said Michael Ashley of Cold Bay. “All the sofas, recliners and bookcases were moving around, and I had to grab one of them.”

In Sand Point, Patrick Mayer, Superintendent of the Eliotians East Borough School District, was visiting Sand Point School when the earthquake struck. He described it as lasting about 30–45 seconds.

“You always wait for it to make more, but it just went on and off,” he said.

The school is a tsunami evacuation site for the city, and its school bus evacuated workers from the Trident Seafoods Processing Plant. About the time of the tsunami coming, he said there was no wave.

“We have not been able to identify any structural damage at this point, and we do not believe there is any,” he said.

According to the Alaska Earthquake Center, three additional earthquakes were recorded in the region shortly with a magnitude of 5.0 to 5.2.

There were no immediate reports of damage.

Tsunami sirens were reported to be closed at Kodiak around 1:30 pm

King Cove city administrator Gary Hengh said the earthquake was felt in the Alaska Peninsula community but everything was intact.

“Until we know more about the tsunami warning, residents and canary activists continue to occupy higher ground,” Haniz said.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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