Recorded earthquake off Alaska raises tsunami concerns

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A magnitude 8.2 earthquake was recorded Wednesday night off the Aleutian Islands chain in Alaska, triggering a tsunami alert and evacuations in Kodiak, police told Fox News.

A tsunami watch had been issued for Hawaii but was subsequently canceled.

A reporter in Alaska tweeted that tsunami sirens were also sounding in Kodiak. A police spokeswoman told Fox News authorities are urging residents to evacuate due to the threat of the tsunami.

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The National Weather Service in Los Angeles said the Tsunami Warning Center in Palmer, Alaska, “is assessing the potential of a tsunami for the west coast from California to Washington State.”

New Zealand’s National Emergency Management Agency tweeted that it was also assessing the situation and said if a tsunami did occur it would likely take around 12 hours to reach the island.

The US Geological Survey said the earthquake struck 56 miles east southeast of Perryville, Alaska. Two other earthquakes of preliminary magnitudes of 6.2 and 5.6 occurred in the same area less than half an hour after the first, the US Geological Survey reported.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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