Tsunami Warning in Effect after Magnitude 8 Earthquake

    Juneau, AK (KINY) - A tsunami warning was sent out after a magnitude 8 earthquake was centered off the coast of Alaska.

    Note that many of the monitoring sites are struggling to keep up with the increase in traffic. Please be aware of public officials that may ask residents to evacuate. 

    Here is that warning: 

    A tsunami Warning is now in effect which includes the coastal areas of British Columbia and Alaska from The Wash./BC Border to Attu, Alaska. - Event details: Preliminary magnitude 8.0 (Mwp) earthquake / Lat: 55.955, Lon: -149.227 at 2018-01-23T09:31:41 UTC Tsunami warnings mean that a tsunami with significant inundation is expected or occurring. Warnings indicate that widespread dangerous coastal flooding accompanied by powerful currents are possible and may continue for several hours after the initial wave arrival.

    Recommended actions:

    Actions to protect human life and property willvary within tsunami warning areas.If you are in a tsunami warning area: Evacuate inland or to higher ground above and beyond designated tsunami hazard zones or move to an upper floor of a multi-story building depending on your situation.If you are in a tsunami watch area: Prepare to take action and stay alert for further information.Additional Information and Next Update: The tsunami message will remain in effect until further notice. Refer to the internet site tsunami.gov for more information. This message will be updated in 30 minutes or sooner if the situation warrants.

    Tsunami activity is expected to occur around 1:45 AM; areas affected include Kodiak, Seward, Elfin Cove, Sitka, Yakutat, Valdez, Sand Point, Cordova, Unalaska, Homer, Craig, Cold Bay, Adak, Shemya, and Saint Paul. Areas in British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, and California may also be affected. 

    More information can be found directly through Google if other sites are failing. 

    Update 1:51am - CBJ Emergency Coordinator, Tom Mattice posted on Facebook this message, "I am at the National Weather Service now. The tsunami warning has to go off in Juneau to alert the outer coast. Our tide should be below 8' at impact time. So we have fair tide margin. Models say we should be ok. This is smaller than '64 and we had limited effect then. Never hurts to go for a drive. But we are not calling for evacuation at this time."

    Update 2:27am - https://www.facebook.com/ted.panamarioff/videos/10213228510819953/  Video from Facebook That shows Kodiak police evacuating downtown. 

     

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