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EARTHQUAKE

Courtesy Roger Blakeley

The National Weather Service canceled a tsunami warning for the Gulf of Alaska this morning, after a magnitude 7.9 earthquake struck near Kodiak around 12:30 a.m.

In Unalaska, tsunami sirens started blaring at 1:50 a.m. – and residents were encouraged to move at least 50 feet above sea level.

Around 200 people sheltered at city hall and the clinic including Iata Akopo. He’s new to Unalaska, but in 2009 he experienced a major tsunami at home in Samoa.

Tsunami Threat Cleared For Aleutian Islands

Jul 17, 2017

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake near Russia’s Commander Islands briefly triggered a Tsunami Advisory for the Aleutian Chain this afternoon.  The earthquake occurred at 3:34 AKST, and the U.S. Tsunami Warning System removed the warning within an hour of the quake. Unalaska’s Department of Public Safety provided updates during the Advisory on their information line at (907) 581 – 6080, and using Nixle alerts.  

U.S. Geological Survey / Alaska Earthquake Center

A series of earthquakes shook the Aleutian Islands Monday morning, including a strong 6.4-magnitude quake near Adak.

According to the Alaska Earthquake Center, the big event struck at 9 a.m. about 80 miles west of the community, where about 350 people live.

“I would suspect that it was close enough to Adak that they should have felt it, but it’s probably not big enough to cause damage,” said seismologist Natalia Ruppert.