A 7.8 earthquake Tuesday night prompted a tsunami warning Tuesday night, and coastal Alaska residents woke to the sounds of sirens and phone warnings.
Many Alaskans quickly left home, moving to higher ground.
The earthquake was 75 miles south of Chignik, according to the National Tsunami Warning Center.
UA Alert: A Tsunami Warning has been issued for the Homer, Seldovia, and Soldotna region.— University of Alaska (@UA_System) July 22, 2020
Tsunami Warning issued July 21 at 10:19PM AKDT by NWS National Tsunami Warning Center
The #homer spit is being evacuated. There’s been a massive #earthquake to the south and the tsunami sirens are blaring. Cars are streaming up Skyline, one after the other outside my window. #Alaska pic.twitter.com/KOQFcabnhH— Kelsey Frazier (@_drfreeze) July 22, 2020
The earthquake happened at 10:13 p.m. The National Tsunami Warning Center predicts that Sand Point, Cold Bay and Kodiak could see waves within hours.
Sand Point reported only a “very small” wave, just after 11 p.m.
By about 11:50 p.m., the tsunami advisory was cancelled for coastal areas east and west of the tsunami warning areas.
More to come