A powerful 7.8-magnitude quake struck Alaska on July 21

Map showing narrow peninsula with dot in the sea near it and concentric circles around the dot.
The July 21, 2020, 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of the Alaskan Peninsula, about 17 miles (27 km) deep. Image via USGS.

According to Alaska Public Media, residents across coastal Alaska – from Homer to Unalaska – woke to the sounds of sirens and phone alerts last night, warning them of a possible tsunami. Many quickly left home, moving to higher ground. The warnings followed a 7.8-magnitude earthquake – a very powerful earthquake – that struck off coastal Alaska at around 10:15 p.m., local time, on Tuesday, July 21, 2020. The earthquake was centered offshore, 60 miles (98 km) south-southeast of Perryville, Alaska, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). All tsunami warnings and advisories were canceled early Wednesday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

The Associated Press reported:

Hundreds wore masks against the spread of the coronavirus as they gathered in shelters.

Kodiak Police Sgt. Mike Sorter told the Associated Press early Wednesday morning:

No reports of any damage. No injuries were reported. Everything is nominal.

There have been multiple, smaller aftershocks since the main quake.

Bottom line: A July 21, 2020, earthquake off coastal Alaska measured 7.8 magnitude. It prompted a tsunami warning, which was later rescinded.

July 22, 2020

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