An earthquake of 7.1-magnitude in the Pacific Ocean prompted a tsunami warning in the early Friday morning for Alaska’s Aleutian Islands.
But the warning was canceled after only a small wave was recorded in the community of Atka, Alaska. “In Atka, had a little bump of a wave, but nothing of any kind of a destructive capacity. Just a wave,” said Jeremy Zidek, a spokesman for the Alaska Department of Homeland Security.
According to the United States Geological Survey, the earthquake struck at about 2:55 a.m. AKDT, but there were no initial reports of injuries or damage. The tsunami warning was issued for coastal areas of Alaska from Unimak Pass to Amchitka Pass, remote and not heavily populated areas.
Residents were evacuating, but were stopped after cancellation, Zidek said. A woman who answered the phone at the city hall in Unalaska, Alaska, but declined to give her name said people at Dutch Harbor, Alaska, who were awakened by sirens. She indicated, “We have some people on high ground, but not a lot before the warning was canceled…sirens woke us all up – everybody’s moving.” The state emergency response center was also staffed early Friday morning.
The preliminary measurement was that it was an earthquake of magnitude 7.1, but the USGS later put the official size of 6.8.
In June, an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.2 in the same region of the Aleutian Islands also generated a tsunami warning.