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Officials: Tsunami warning canceled for areas of Alaska, Canada

5 Jan

A tsunami warning was issued for coastal areas of southeast Alaska and British Columbia after an earthquake of 7.5 magnitude struck in the Pacific Ocean on Saturday.

The quake occurred about 60 miles southwest of Port Alexander, southern Alaska, at a depth of about 6 miles at 08:58 GMT, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, which downgraded the magnitude from an initial 7.7.

The West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center in Palmer, Alaska, put out a tsunami warning for areas stretching from northern Vancouver Island in Canada to Cape Suckling, 75 miles southeast of the Prince William Sound town of Cordova, Alaska.

The first wave was expected around 1:15 a.m. (2:15 a.m. PT) in Craig, and 2:50 a.m. in Cordova, further to the north.

The center said widespread dangerous coastal flooding is possible.

In addition to the warning, a tsunami advisory is in effect for coastal Alaska from Cape Suckling to 75 miles southeast of Cordova and from the Washington state border to the tip of Vancouver Island.

A tsunami warning means an area is likely to be hit by a wave, while an advisory means there may be strong currents, but that widespread inundation is not expected to occur.

Alaska earthquake

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