Tsunami Watch for WA coast canceled
WASHINGTON — UPDATE:
The Tsunami Watch for the Washington, Oregon, and California coasts has been canceled, according to the NWS Seattle.
Tsunami watch for WA/OR/CA coastal areas has been canceled. #wawx
— NWS Seattle (@NWSSeattle) January 23, 2018
Areas in South Alaska and the Alaskan peninsula remain under a Tsunami Advisory, and several small tsunamis have been observed in some areas.
Tsumani Warnings have been canceled for coastal areas of British Columbia and Southeast Alaska.
A Tsunami Watch has been issued for areas on the United State’s West coast after an estimated 7.9 earthquake struck off the coast of Alaska early this morning.
For Washington, it’s estimated that tsunami waves could reach Neah Bay beginning around 4:50 a.m. this morning, and reach Port Townsend by 5:55. People in coastal areas are advised to stay alert in case the Tsunami Watch is upgraded to a Tsunami Warning.
The strong earthquake hit at 12:32 a.m. and was recorded about 175 miles southeast of Kodiak Island, Alaska. Warnings from the National Weather Service sent to cellphones in the area warned: “Emergency Alert. Tsunami danger on the coast. Go to high ground or move inland.”
Kodiak officials warned residents to evacuate if they lived in low-lying areas.
The Alaska Earthquake Information Center said the quake was felt widely in several communities on the Kenai Peninsula and throughout southern Alaska, but did not immediately report any damage. People reported on social media that the quake was felt hundreds of miles away, in Anchorage.
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