Powerful quake hits off Alaska, but tsunami threat lifted

Powerful quake hits off Alaska, but tsunami threat liftedA powerful 7.9-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Alaska early Tuesday, sparking tsunami warnings along the Pacific coasts of the US and Canada that were later called off. The quake struck at 12:31 am (0931 GMT) in the Gulf of Alaska, 280 kilometers (175 miles) southeast of the town of Kodiak, the US Geological Survey said, revising a preliminary estimate of 8.2 magnitude. The National Tsunami Warning Center did confirm a tsunami, meaning the water levels were slightly above normal.



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