Alaska quake prompts tsunami alert

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BY BBC NEWS,23RD JAN 2018-A tsunami alert has been issued after a 7.9-strength earthquake was recorded off the coast of Alaska in the US.

It hit some 300km south-east of Kodiak at a depth of 10km at 00:31 (09:31 GMT), the US Geological Survey said.

The US National Weather Service said the alert was in effect for areas including California and the coasts of British Columbia and Alaska.

Officials in Anchorage warned coastal areas, saying there was “extraordinary threat to life or property”.

The alert told people to seek refuge on higher grounds in affected areas.

The NWS Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said that, based on the preliminary earthquake parameters, “widespread hazardous tsunami waves were possible”.

One Alaska reporter got this response when he called the Kodiak police department, looking for information about the tsunami.

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