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19 Oct 2020 | 09:27 PM UTC

US: 7.4-magnitude earthquake strikes off Sand Point (Alaska) October 19

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7.4-magnitude earthquake strikes southeast of Sand Point (Alaska) on October 19; tsunami warning issued

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/19/2020, 12:00 AM until 10/21/2020, 11:59 PM (US/Alaska). COUNTRY/REGION Alaska, Sand Point, Alaska

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According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), a 7.4-magnitude earthquake struck 94 km (58 miles) southeast of Sand Point, Alaska on Monday, October 19. The quake struck at 12:54 (local time) at a depth of 41 km (25 miles). The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) issued a notice stating that hazardous tsunami waves are possible for coasts located within 300 km (186 miles) of the earthquake epicenter. There have been no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

Aftershocks are possible in the affected area over the coming hours and days.


Those in the affected areas are advised to monitor the situation and prepare for potential aftershocks.

In the event of aftershocks, individuals are advised to protect themselves as much as possible from falling debris if indoors (e.g., under a table), move away from windows, and not attempt to leave a building unless there is immediate danger. If outdoors, move away from tall buildings, utility wires, and streetlights.


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