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Officials cancel tsunami advisory for Aleutian and Pribilof Islands

National Tsunami Warning Center

A tsunami advisory for communities in coastal Alaska, including the Aleutian and Pribilof Islands, was canceled Saturday afternoon.

The National Weather Service issued the tsunami advisory for much of coastal California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia and Alaska, following a volcanic eruption near Tonga in the South Pacific on Friday.

The advisory lasted for about 12 hours in Unalaska, starting early Saturday morning, before being called off shortly before 4 p.m.

The largest waves in the Alaska region hit the Aleutians and Alaska Peninsula, according to officials at the National Tsunami Warning Center.

The 900-person community of King Cove recorded the largest wave at 3.3 feet, according to a Saturday tweet from the NTWC.

Hope McKenney is a public radio news director, reporter, producer and host based in the Aleutian Islands, Alaska.
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.