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Dangerous Tsunami Waves Threatened Coast Of Alaska After 7.4 Earthquake Hits

This year has definitely brought on a slew of strange weather patterns. From droughts in California to snow in Egypt–it’s safe to say that climate change is no longer a fictitious ‘could be’ and that it is, in fact, happening in the world today.

The U.S Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said on Monday evening that there was an earthquake of magnitude 7.8 that had occurred off the coast of Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula. The powerful quake struck the northern Pacific Ocean between the tip of Alaska’s Aleutian Islands and Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula, according to the US Geological Survey.  

At 1:34am on Tuesday morning the quake began–about 125 miles away from the city of Nikol’skoye on Bering island off the Kamchatka Peninsula. The quake had initially been reported as quite shallow, at 7.4 miles below sea level, and this would have amplified its effects had it been closer to the mainlands.

The US Pacific Tsunami Warning Center explained that the waves of the tsunami were hazardous and were possibly located within 300 km which translates to 186 miles close to the middle of the earthquakes centre. 

If you remember the last tsunami that hit, Kamchatka Tsunami in 1952. There was a magnitude of 9.0 and it generated waves up to 5- feet high causing extreme damage to the Kamchatka Peninsula and the Kuril Islands leaving an estimated of 10,000 to 15,000 dead.

The centre warned in an official statement, that dangerous tsunami waves were a possibility for coasts located within 300 km of the epicentre. Following that, later on Monday night, a ‘final message’ was released from the Pacific Warning Centre that explained that the tsunami threat had deceased. 

Following the quake, the ground experienced several after shocks, some of them reaching over the magnitude of 5.0. At 7:43 pm July 17th, NWS Tsunami Alerts tweeted that a Tsunami is not to be expected.  

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