Powerful 7.9 Earthquake Generates Tsunami Warnings for U.S. Coastline

Tsunami Warnings and Watches Issued From Aleutian Islands to Mexican Border

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 6:00:00 AM -06:00

A powerful 7.9 magnitude earthquake centered in the Gulf of Alaska generated tsunami warnings across the entire southern coastline of Alaska from the Aleutian Islands to the Canadian border. The Tsunami Warning Center also raised tsunami watches along the entire western coastline of the continental United States and Hawaii. The watches were later canceled for Hawaii but remain in effect for the U.S. coastline until as late as 7:30 AM PST.

The quake originated at 09:31:42 (UTC) with the epicenter located at 56.046°N 149.073°W at a depth of 25.0 km.

Were you sleeping? ContactRelief was not. ContactRelief's Disaster Decision Engine captured the quake and tsunami warnings which were issued 35 minutes after the event. Our Disaster Decision Team analysts monitored the situation, continuously assessing threat levels. ContactRelief subscribers can see the event information in the ContactRelief Command Center accessible from any web browser.

ContactRelief's default ruleset generated recommendations for this event. We will monitor the event throughout the morning. Information at this time indicates that the earthquake would have needed to be further north to have a dramatic effect on the coast of Alaska. However, residents along the coastlines should heed the warnings and watches.

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