"Assessment in progress" for BC tsunami threat after magnitude 7.5 Alaska earthquake

Oct 19 2020, 2:53 pm

Update: According to Port Alberni Fire, “it has been determined that there is no tsunami threat to Vancouver Island as per the NWS Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.”


Emergency Info BC says that assessment continues to be in progress.


A magnitude 7.5 earthquake has struck the coast of Alaska.

According to the US Geological Survey (USGS), the seismic event took place on Monday afternoon at 1:54 pm PST in the Sand Point area.

The USGS says that the earthquake had a depth of 40.1 km. It struck 91 km southeast of Sand Point, Alaska.

Since the initial event, five smaller earthquakes have occurred, ranging between magnitude 3.6 and 5.8.

A tsunami warning is currently in effect for South Alaska and the Alaska Peninsula. Emergency Info BC says that risk to BC is currently being evaluated.

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