Earthquake shakes Alaska, but no tsunami warning is issued

A strong earthquake struck Alaska on Saturday, although several tremors had already been recorded. Authorities confirmed that the magnitu...

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  • A strong earthquake struck Alaska on Saturday, although several tremors had already been recorded.
  • Authorities confirmed that the magnitude of the strongest quake in Alaska this Saturday was between 6.9 and 7.
  • No tsunami warnings were issued after the earthquake in Alaska.

A powerful earthquake shook the Alaska peninsula in the morning of this Saturday, said the United States Geological Survey and other specialist centers in the area that have reported the earthquake.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) specified in its Website that the magnitude of the strongest quake in Alaska this Saturday was 6.9, and the European-Mediterranean Seismological Center (EMSC), according to Reuters, placed it at 7.

Earthquake shakes Alaska

Earthquake in Alaska

The US Tsunami Warning System reported that there was no tsunami warning after the strong earthquake in Alaska, which was 10 kilometers (6 miles) deep, according to EMSC.

On the website of the United States Geological Survey, it was reported that the strong earthquake occurred 136 km southeast of the town of Perryville, in Alaska, shortly before 4:00 a.m. (local time) on Saturday, August 14.

The earthquake woke Alaska up early

The earthquake woke Alaska up early

The newspaper The Sun He also noted that the earthquake with a magnitude of 6.9 on the Richter scale struck the Alaska Peninsula this Saturday southeast of Perryville, which is home to just over 100 people.

Much of the land around the part of the Gulf of Alaska where the quake struck just before 4 a.m. is home to wildlife refuges, the newspaper noted.

No tsunami warning due to earthquake in Alaska

Earthquake in Alaska

So far there have been no immediate reports of injuries, loss of life or property damage, and despite the magnitude of the earthquake, no tsunami warnings have been issued, The Sun noted.

This tremor occurs a few weeks after a massive 8.2 magnitude earthquake caused tsunami fears in Alaska and Hawaii on July 29, the aforementioned newspaper detailed.

The Pacific Ring of Fire

Earthquake in Alaska
Reference photo: Getty Images

Regarding the seismic event, The Sun explained that it would have to do with the so-called “Ring of Fire” in the Pacific Ocean, which is where most of the world’s earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur because many of the fault lines are found there. the earth.

In fact, The Sun noted, three volcanoes are also simultaneously erupting across The Last Frontier, with at least two spewing low levels of ash and steam. The eruptions have been going on for more than a week, although so far they pose no threat to nearby communities.

Haiti trembles

Tsunami alert issued for 7.1 magnitude earthquake off the Philippines

On the other hand, the United States Geological Survey (USGS, for its acronym in English) also reported on its official website about the powerful earthquake of magnitude 7.2 registered this Saturday morning in the Caribbean nation Haiti.

The earthquake in Haiti had a magnitude of 7.2 degrees, a depth of 10 kilometers, according to the USGS report. An alert was also issued by the National Office for Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Tsunami warning

Tsunami warning

“BASED ON ALL THE DATA AVAILABLE … THE HAZARDOUS WAVES OF TSUNAMI ARE FORECAST FOR SOME COSTS,” noted the alert tsunami issued by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Office.

“THE WAVES OF TSUNAMI REACHING 1 TO 3 METERS ABOVE THE TIDE LEVEL ARE
POSSIBLE ON SOME COASTS OF HAITI ”, emphasized the alert issued after the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that shook that Caribbean country.

Risks after the earthquake

Risks after the earthquake

NOAA of the United States asked to take the necessary measures to report the danger on any coast at risk. He also asked people living in coastal areas to be alert for information on the 7.2 magnitude earthquake in Haiti.

The alert also notes that the danger may persist for several hours. The arrival time of a tsunami can vary with the initial wave, which may not be the largest since the phenomenon consists of several waves in a row.

They warn of the danger of the waves

They warn of the danger of the waves

The waves can occur between 5 minutes and an hour, according to the tsunami warning issued by NOAA. For other areas, the alert indicates that although there is no tsunami warning, there could be some changes in sea level.

The earthquake took place more than 160 km southwest of the capital Port-au-Prince, according to the USGS. Images began to circulate on social networks, and recall the fateful 2010 earthquake that devastated the island and left thousands of people dead.

Inhabitants ran into the streets

People ran out into the streets

The inhabitants of Port-au-Prince, the capital, felt the tremor and many took to the streets terrified. On the other hand, island authorities reported the damage caused by the 7.2-magnitude earthquake in cities such as Jérémie and Port-au-Prince.

Furthermore, according to BBC, the Civil Protection office in the area reported that there were already deaths and injuries after the earthquake. But so far the number of people who may have been affected has not been reported. For more information visit this note.

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