8.0 earthquake near Little Sitkin, Aleutian Islands; tsunami warning for Alaska

8.0 earthquake near Little Sitkin, Aleutian Islands; tsunami warning for Alaska

[Ed. – This one’ll leave a mark.  A number of sites are still reporting this as a 7.1, but the USGS Earthquake Hazards site has it upgraded to an 8.0 at the time of this posting.]

A strong earthquake has shaken a portion of Alaska Monday morning. The earthquake had a preliminary magnitude of 7.1, but was quickly upgraded to 8.0 by the UGSS.

There is no tsunami threat to Hawaii, but it has triggered a tsunami warning for part of the Aleutian Island near the epicenter, according to the U.S. National Tsunami Warning Center.

No tsunami threat exists for other coastal areas in the Pacific, although some other areas may experience small non-destructive sea level changes for several hours, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says.

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