8.2 magnitude earthquake off Alaska triggers tsunami warning

An 8.2 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Alaska triggered a tsunami warning for parts of the state late Wednesday evening.

An earthquake was detected about 120 kilometers southeast of Chignik, Alaska, said the National Weather Service, which issued the tsunami warning.

The warning was for southern Alaska and the Alaska Peninsula and Aleutian Islands, said the Palmer, Alaska Meteorological Service, which warned that “widespread dangerous tsunami waves are possible,” based on preliminary parameters of the quake. A tsunami watch was also issued for Hawaii.

In Kodiak, where the earthquake was felt, the tsunami sirens howled and people moved to higher areas.

Perryville, Alaska, of 113 residents, is 57 miles northwest of the epicenter of the quake, the United States Geological Survey said. Anchorage, with a population of nearly 300,000, was about 500 miles northeast.

Since 1990, there have been 17 earthquakes measuring 8.2 or greater, according to USGS data.

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