Earthquake of magnitude 7.4 hits coast of Alaska in US
Threat warning for the Shishaldin volcano after it sent up a big plume of ash.
Earthquake of magnitude 7.4 has struck off coast of Alaska in the US, United States Geological Survey (USGS) said on Sunday.
The National Tsunami Warning Center in Palmer, Alaska said a tsunami warning was in effect for south Alaska peninsula.
According to the National Tsunami Warning Center, a tsunami warning is in effect for the region highlighted in red. Residents in this area should seek higher ground immediately.
This is following a Magnitude 7.4 earthquake south of Sand Point, Alaska. pic.twitter.com/5VBBL8stcB
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Meanwhile, the Alaska Volcano Observatory also issued another threat warning for the Shishaldin volcano after it sent up a big plume of ash.
“For other US and Canadian Pacific coasts in North America, the level of tsunami danger is being evaluated,” it said.
“The eruption of Shishaldin Volcano has intensified. An ash cloud to 15,000 ft (4.6 km) above sea level and drifting to the SSE has been observed in satellite data starting at about 9:00 pm AKDT,” the agency posted on social media.
Alaska is part of the seismically active Pacific Ring of Fire.
Alaska was hit by a 9.2-magnitude earthquake in March 1964, the strongest ever recorded in North America. It devastated Anchorage and unleashed a tsunami that slammed the Gulf of Alaska, the US west coast, and Hawaii.