Tsunami Watch canceled for Oregon, Washington

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) - A Tsunami Watch that briefly went into effect for Oregon and Washington was canceled at 4:15 a.m. Tuesday. 

The watch went into effect after an earthquake struck Alaska. It had a preliminary magnitude of 8.2 but has been downgraded to magnitude 7.9.

The National Weather Service in Medford, Oregon said a very small tsunami wave of just under 1 foot was recorded on the Port Orford tidal guage around 5:15 a.m.

 

 

The strong earthquake hit at 12:32 a.m. and was recorded about 175 miles southeast of Kodiak Island. 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."

The Alaska Earthquake Information Center said the quake was felt widely in several communities on the Kenai Peninsula and throughout southern Alaska, but it also had no immediate reports of damage.

People reported on social media that the quake was felt hundreds of miles away, in Anchorage.

Mickey Varnadao, a computer specialist with the warning center in Palmer, Alaska, said early Tuesday that an advisory remains in effect for parts of Alaska, from Kodiak Island to Prince William Sound.

Watches have also been canceled for British Columbia, California and Hawaii. Officials in Japan say there is no tsunami threat there.

Varnadao says the agency canceled the alert after waves failed to show up in coastal Alaska communities.

 

 

 

 

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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