7.5 earthquake caused tsunami warning for Alaska, British Columbia, and West Coast

Published: Mar. 24, 2020 at 9:00 PM AKDT
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According to the NOAA U.S. Tsunami Warning Center, there was a magnitude 7.5 earthquake east of the Kuril Islands in Russia. The earthquake occurred on Tuesday at 6:49 AKST and set off a Tsunami warning for Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, and California. The Tsunami Warning Center evaluation of the event said earthquakes of this size are known to generate tsunamis potentially dangerous to coasts outside of the epicenter. The tsunami warning was downgraded to 'no threat' within two hours after the earthquake.