[Ed. – Multiple aftershocks have hit the southern coast, but no major damage reported so far. The tsunami warning for the West coast had been cancelled.]
Even after the early morning earthquake in the Gulf of Alaska, the surrounding area felt a series of aftershocks.
John Bellini, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey’s National Earthquake Information Center, told the Associated Press that there have been more than two dozen aftershocks as of about 6:30 a.m. The biggest aftershock reportedlyhad a magnitude of 5.3.
UPDATE, 4:25 a.m. – The U.S. Tsunami Warning System has rescinded all threat warnings surrounding the Kodiak-area quake that occurred overnight Tuesday. …
ORIGINAL STORY, 12:52 a.m. – A powerful earthquake, with an initial estimated magnitude of 8.2 [later revised to 7.9], struck southeast of Alaska shores shortly after 12:30 a.m. Tuesday.
According to the USGS, the quake was centered 278 kilometers, or approximately 175 miles, southeast of Kodiak.