8.2 magnitude earthquake hits Alaska peninsula, tsunami warning issued

Tsunami alert issued for Hawaii after magnitude 8.2
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Hawaii tsunami warning issued after 8.2 magnitude earthquake strikes Perryville, Alaska

A tsunami watch was issued for Hawaii on Wednesday evening after a major earthquake struck off the Alaska Peninsula. According to the Honolulu Star Advertiser, The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center listed magnitude 8.1 and said that “an investigation is underway to determine whether Hawaii is at risk of a tsunami.” But the US Geological Survey said the quake had a magnitude of 8.2 and struck about 8:15 a.m. about 56 miles (91 kilometers) east-southeast of Perryville, Alaska.

According to the USGS, the quake was about 29 miles below sea level.

Two other earthquakes with initial magnitudes of 6.2 and 5.6 struck the same region within half an hour of the first quake, reports the US Geological Survey.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a notice that the potential threat to Guam and American Samoa is still under investigation.

“Based on all available data, this quake could generate a tsunami that could be devastating in coastal areas away from the epicenter,” the PTWC said.

Based on preliminary seismic data, the quake should have been widely felt by almost everyone in the area of ​​the earthquake’s epicenter. This may cause mild to moderate damage.

Moderate tremors likely occurred at Perryville, Chignik Lake and Sandpoint.

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