Tsunami watch canceled on Ore. and Wash. coast after earthquake strikes near Alaska
PORTLAND, Ore. – A tsunami watch was in effect for the Washington and Oregon coast after a 7.9-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Alaska. The watch was canceled at 4:15 a.m.
The earthquake was recorded about 175 miles southeast of Kodiak Island, Alaska early Tuesday morning.
A Tsunami warning is in effect for much of coastal Alaska and British Columbia in Canada.
Warnings from the National Weather Service sent to cellphones in Alaska warned: "Emergency Alert. Tsunami danger on the coast. Go to high ground or move inland."
Kodiak officials warned residents to evacuate if they lived in low-lying areas.
According to the Associated Press, people reported feeling the quake hundreds of miles away in Anchorage.
The National Weather Service says the tsunami watch was in effect from the California and Mexico border to the Washington and British Columbia border.
During a tsunami watch, officials will not evacuate the area. However, a tsunami warning means a tsunami is imminent.