Major earthquake strikes off the coast of Alaska

An earthquake with a 7.5 – 7.7 magnitude shook the Pacific Ocean, striking just off the coast of Alaska, geophysicists working at USGS announced.


As I am writing this, the earthquake took place just a few minutes ago, so there’s not much info on it; what we do know is that it hit at a depth of about 10km at 0858 GMT, with the epicenter being located 102km west of Craig, Alaska and 110 km from Klawock, according to the USGS. So far, there are no immediate reports of casualties or damage. Also, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center explained there is no widespread threat of a tsunami at this time, but they did however issue a regional warning in the vicinity of the epicenter.

We will of course keep you posted with any significant developments, should they occur.

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