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‘It was a respectable shaker’: 7.5 magnitude earthquake in Pacific Ocean triggers short-lived tsunami scare for Alaska, Hawaii

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Tsunami caution sirens call out on Monday in Kodiak, Alaska, following a magnitude 7.5 earthquake in the Pacific Ocean.A magnitude 7.5 earthquake jolted Alaska’s southern coast on Monday afternoon, activating a tsunami warning for The Last Frontier and a brief tsunami advisory nearly 2,500 miles away in Hawaii.The quake struck

in the North Pacific Ocean right before 1 p.m., about 67 miles southeast of Sand Point, a town of about 900 people off the Alaskan Peninsula, according to the Alaska Earthquake Center. The tsunami warning was reduced about two hours later on to an advisory that stretched until about 9 p.m. prior to being canceled.”It was a respectable shaker here, “said David Adams, co-manager of Marine View Bed and Breakfast in Sand Point.”You might see the water sort of shaking and sparkling during the quake.”A magnitude 5.2 quake was reported 11 minutes later on in approximately the exact same location, according to the earthquake center. Wave levels reached 2 feet along Alaska’s southern coast, according to the National Tsunami Caution Center.About 6 hours after the first temblor, the tsunami center provided an advisory for the state of Hawaii however worried that a”major tsunami”was not anticipated to strike the islands.The advisory was cancelled about two hours later.The size of the initial quake was initially reported as a 7.4, but later modified to a 7.5,

said Paul Caruso, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological

Survey. He said an earthquake of that size, in this location, is not a surprise. “This is an area where the Pacific Plate is subducting beneath the North American Plate. And because of that, the Pacific Plate actually goes underneath the North American Plate, where it melts,”Caruso stated, keeping in mind that’s why there are volcanoes in the region. “And so we typically have large, magnitude 7 earthquakes in that location.” A 7.8 earthquake in July also triggered a tsunami warning for Alaska’s southern coast that sent out some citizens inland for greater ground prior to an all-clear fromthe tsunami center.Contributing: The Associated Press Facebook Email

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