Tsunami warnings lifted after quake off Alaskan coast


Tsunami warnings were lifted off the western North American coast Saturday after a magnitude-7.5 earthquake near Alaska late Friday night failed to produce big waves, authorities reported.

The earthquake was recorded at 11:58 p.m., 212 miles south of the state capital, Juneau, according the U.S. Geological Survey.

The USGS reported aftershocks of up to magnitude-4.5. The earthquake was initially reported with a magnitude of 7.7.

The quake was felt down the western North American coast, with reports on the USGS website that it had been felt as far away as Seattle.

The Alaska Dispatch reported some voluntary evacuations in the region, but added that calls to a police department in the city of Sitka had found no reports of tsunami waves.

The city of Craig, Alaska, reported on its Twitter account that the community’s school and gym were open for voluntary evacuations, but later tweeted that the evacuation centers were shutting down after no tsunami appeared.

The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration issued either tsunami warnings or advisories for parts of Alaska and the western Canadian coast, down to the U.S. border, but those were later rescinded via the joint Twitter feed of the National Weather Service and the West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center.

Hawaiian media reported that there was no tsunami risk for the island chain.