Magnitude 7.8 Earthquake Hits the Coast of Alaska

A magnitude of about 7.8 earthquake struck the coast of Alaskan on early Wednesday, according to the US Geological Survey.

The 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Tuesday at 10:12 p.m. ( local time) and was centered in the ocean about 65 miles south-southeast of Perryville, Alaska.

Tremors were felt hundreds of kilometers away.

The US Geological Survey said the quake hit at 0612 UTC about 804 kilometers (500 miles) southwest of Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city, and around 96 kilometers (60 miles) south-southeast of the remote settlement of Perryville.

A tsunami warning had been issued following the quake saying that the earthquakes are more likely to develop into tsunamis if they are high in magnitude, are shallow and are thrust earthquakes compared to strike slip earthquakes,

But the warning was cancelled saying that “a tsunami was generated by this event, but no longer poses a threat.”