USGS upgrades Alaska quake; No tsunami threat to Hawaii

No tsunami threat to Hawaii after 8.0 quake off Alaska
No tsunami threat to Hawaii after 8.0 quake off Alaska

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A strong earthquake has shaken a portion of Alaska Monday morning. The earthquake had a preliminary magnitude of 7.1, but was quickly upgraded to 8.0 by the UGSS. A few hours later, officials at the UGSG determined the earthquake had a magnitude 7.9.

There is no tsunami threat to Hawaii, but it did trigger a tsunami warning for part of the Aleutian Island near the epicenter, according to the U.S. National Tsunami Warning Center.

No tsunami threat exists for other coastal areas in the Pacific, although some other areas may experience small non-destructive sea level changes for several hours, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says.

The earthquake happened around 10:53 a.m. HST and registered at a depth of 71 miles. Officials say the quake was too deep to trigger a widespread tsunami threat.

Here is a link to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

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