The U.S Tsunami Warning Center issued an alert stating: “A TSUNAMI WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR THE COOK INLET AREA AND SOUTHERN KENAI PENINSULA IN ALASKA – Event details: Preliminary magnitude 7.0 (Mwp) earthquake / Lat: 61.300, Lon: -149.900 at 2018-11-30T17:29:28 UTC Tsunami warnings mean that a tsunami with significant inundation is expected or occurring. Warnings indicate that widespread dangerous coastal flooding accompanied by powerful currents are possible and may continue for several hours after the initial wave arrival.”
A major 7.0 earthquake shook Anchorage, Alaska, Friday morning that prompted this tsunami warning.
The U.S. Geological Survey preliminary report received by The Onslow Beat said the earthquake was a 7 magnitude tremor struck about 10 miles north of Anchorage at 8:29 a.m. local time (12:29 p.m. EST) Friday morning. Social media images across various networks and videos showed cracked and collapsed roads, as well as cracks in the walls of buildings. In other more recent updated reports, U.S. Geological Survey said it was a 6.7 magnitude earthquake and then reduced that to 6.6 with most recent conflicting reports being back to a 6.7. (U.S.GS)
Below are a few of many videos and photos that have been shared across social media networks of the moments after the earthquake.
— Manny A. Creech (@KTVA_Manny) November 30, 2018
It hasn’t been clear if there were any injuries as of yet.
Shortly after the temblor, the U.S. Tsunami Warning Center issued a tsunami warning for areas near the epicenter and urged residents to seek higher ground. The warning did not extend to other parts of the U.S. West Coast or Hawaii.
The tsunami warning has now been canceled.