BREAKING: Tsunami warning in effect following magnitude 8.2 earthquake

A powerful earthquake, with an estimated initial magnitude of 8.2, struck southeast of Alaska shores shortly after 12:30 a.m. Tuesday.

According to the USGS, the quake was centered 278 kilometers, or approximately 175 miles, southeast of Kodiak.

A tsunami warning, including for communities in Alaska, is in effect for various areas.

Estimated possible tsunami start times are as follows:

Kodiak, Alaska – 145 AM
Seward, Alaska – 155 AM
Elfin Cove, Alaska – 155 AM
Sitka, Alaska – 200 AM
Yakutat, Alaska – 205 AM
Langara, British Columbia – 210 AM
Valdez, Alaska – 215 AM
Sand Point, Alaska – 220 AM
Cordova, Alaska – 225 AM
Unalaska, Alaska – 240 AM
Homer, Alaska – 255 AM
Craig, Alaska – 300 AM
Cold Bay, Alaska – 300 AM
Adak, Alaska – 305 AM
Tofino, British Columbia – 340 AM
Shemya, Alaska – 350 AM
Saint Paul, Alaska – 400 AM

If you are located in these coastal areas, move inland to higher ground. Especially if you are located in a low-lying area that is affected, you should evacuate immediately. Tsunami warnings mean that a tsunami – which can include a whole series of waves dangerous many hours after initial arrival time – with significant inundation is possible or is already occurring.

Please note that Anchorage is outside of the danger zone thus far. Much of the rest of the West Coast of the United States, as well as Hawaii, are under a Tsunami Watch at the time of publication.

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Sasha Perkins

Administrative Assistant and Journalist at the Pluto Daily since 2012.