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Public Safety Says Unalaskans May Return Home After Magnitude-8.2 Earthquake Prompts Evacuation

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Updated 7/29/2021 at 1:10 a.m.

The Department of Public Safety says Unalaskans are safe to return home after a tsunami warning Wednesday night caused community members to evacuate to higher ground. 

Communities from Seward to Nikolski received warnings after a magnitude-8.2 earthquake hit approximately 80 miles southeast of Chignik.  

The National Weather Service warned that a wave would possibly hit Unalaska around 11:50 p.m. Wednesday, but no wave was observed. Public Safety cancelled the tsunami evacuation at 12:49 a.m. Thursday morning.

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Updated 7/28/2021 at 10:45 p.m.   

Unalaska is under a tsunami warning after a magnitude-8.2 earthquake hit approximately 80 miles southeast of Chignik Wednesday evening.

The warning will remain in efffect until further notice.

This is a developing story. 

Hailing from Southwest Washington, Maggie moved to Unalaska in 2019. She's dabbled in independent print journalism in Oregon and completed her Master of Arts in English Studies at Western Washington University — where she also taught Rhetoric and Composition courses.