The National Weather Service has canceled the tsunami watch for Oregon, California and Washington.
A strong earthquake struck near Kodiak, Alaska, early today, prompting an initial tsunami watch for coastal areas of Oregon, Washington and California that has since been cancelled.
A tsunami watch was issued for a large swath of coastal Alaska and Canada’s British Columbia. The city of Kodiak, Alaska, was projected to see the first wave at about 1:45 a.m., about an hour after an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 8.2 prompted a tsunami warning.
About a half hour later, Lt. Tim Putney of the Kodiak Police Department said there had been no reports of a wave and nothing had been seen, yet.
However, officials were telling people to hold fast at evacuation centers until further notice. He said the town has several shelters above the 100-foot mark, and they were still encouraging people below that level to evacuate.
The earthquake woke Putney up out of a dead sleep, and he estimates it shook for at least 30 seconds.
The police had not received any reports of damage.
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.
The earthquake, initially reported as a magnitude 8.2, was recorded about 175 miles southeast of Kodiak Island early Tuesday morning.
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 had warned residents to evacuate if they lived in low-lying areas. People reported on social media that the quake was felt hundreds of miles away, in Anchorage.