Alaska Earthquake Prompts Tsunami Warning, Evacuations

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Warning sirens blared and residents fled to higher ground after an Alaska earthquake prompted tsunami warnings Tuesday night.

The 7.8 magnitude quake was centered about 65 miles south of Perryville on the Alaska Peninsula, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. There were no reports of injuries or major damage, but the shaking prompted tsunami warning for coastal areas including Sand Point, Unalaska, Kodiak, Cold Bay, Seward, Valdez, Cordova and Homer.

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“There is a tsunami warning!!! Get to the high school ASAP … This is not a drill,” the Sand Point Department of Public Safety warned in a Facebook post.

The tsunami warning was canceled around 12:30 a.m. local time. Hundreds of people fled their homes for higher ground.

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