ANCHORAGE, KOMPAS.com — An earthquake struck Alaska’s southern coast late Tuesday causing some residents of a small community to flee for higher ground over tsunami fears.
There were no immediate reports of damage in the sparsely populated area of the state where the quakes hit.
The 7.8 magnitude earthquake off the Alaska Peninsula produced a wave of less than a foot, however, a tsunami warning was canceled.
According to the US Geological Survey, the earthquake struck Tuesday at 10:12pm local time and was centered in waters 65 miles (105 kilometers) south-southeast of the tiny community of Perryville, at a depth of 17 miles (28 km).
Because of the temblor's location, nearby communities along the Alaska Peninsula did not experience shaking that would normally be associated with that magnitude of a quake, said Michael West, Alaska State Seismologist.
That doesn’t mean they slept through it. West said residents in small towns within a hundred miles (160 kilometers) of the quake reported very strong shaking. Some shaking was also felt more than 500 miles (805 kilometers) away in the Anchorage area, West said.
“No reports of any damage,” Kodiak Police Sgt. Mike Sorter said early Wednesday morning. “No injuries were reported. Everything is nominal.”
Kodiak is about 200 miles (320 kilometers) northeast of where the earthquake was centered.
The tsunami warning prompted coastal residents to evacuate to higher ground, with social media posts showing long lines of people fleeing towns like Homer and Kodiak as tsunami sirens wailed in the background.
On Kodiak Island, the local high school and Catholic opened their doors for evacuees, the Anchorage Daily News reported.