Tsunami watch along Washington coast canceled following big quake in Alaska January 23, 2018
CLICK TO ENLARGE. Map shows areas (yellow pins and yellow lines) of Washington state that would be impacted by a deadly Tsunami generated by an offshore earthquake.
(SEATTLE, WA.) -- If you live on or near the Washington coast you'll be pleased to know a Tsunami (wall of killer water) is not headed your way and will not come barreling three to five miles inland wiping out everything in its path.
And that's pretty good news to start the day with, you have to admit.
The threat of a Tsunami along the Washington, Oregon and California coasts following a stiff 7.9 earthquake in the Gulf of Alaska early this morning has passed and a Tsunami watch that had been in effect for most coastal areas has been canceled.
The quake hit at 12:32 am, some 12 miles deep and about 175 miles southeast of Kodiak Island
NOAA said that small waves less than a foot high were registered in the Alaskan coastal towns of Sitka, Kodiak and Seward, but no damage was reported. As of 5 am the Tsunami Advisory remained in effect for those Alaskan towns.
Warnings sent from the National Weather Service to cell phones in Alaska warned residents that it was an "Emergency Alert," and because of the Tsunami danger on the coast they were instructed to "Go to high ground or move inland."