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.”
— Port Alberni Fire (@portalbernifire) October 19, 2020
Emergency Info BC says that assessment continues to be in progress.
A magnitude 7.5 earthquake has struck the coast of Alaska.
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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.
Preliminary Event: M 7.5 – 91 km SE of Sand Point, Alaska https://t.co/XOdsQ0TUA8
— USGS Earthquakes (@USGS_Quakes) October 19, 2020
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 7.5 magnitude (upgraded from 7.4) earthquake has occurred near Sand Point, Alaska. An assessment is in progress to determine if a tsunami threat exists for BC. Please continue to stand by for #BC specific information. #BCtsunami https://t.co/uU03RMB6XC
— Emergency Info BC (@EmergencyInfoBC) October 19, 2020
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.