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No Tsunami Expected Following Large Russian Earthquake

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No tsunami is expected in the Aleutians, after a large earthquake near Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula. The National Tsunami Warning Center briefly issued a tsunami advisory Monday for the western Aleutian Islands.

 

“There was a magnitude 6.5 [earthquake Monday] morning and this was a magnitude 7.8," said tsunami science warning officer Paul Huang. "In theory, we don't know when the next one will come. It could be a few minutes from now. It could be another 100 years.”

 

The Palmer-based scientist says it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

 

“It’s always safer when you are alive," Huang said. "You never know, we’re scientists. We cannot predict nature. We just do our best guess.”

 

Even though the advisory has been cancelled, Huang recommends people stay alert and keep away from beaches for the next day.

 

Zoë Sobel reported for KUCB from 2016 until 2019. She returned to KUCB after a year living in Nepal and Malaysia as a Luce Scholar. She then returned to KUCB as a ProPublica reporter August of 2020 through August of 2021.