On early Tuesday morning, an official tsunami warning and several tsunami watches were issued along the West Coast of the United States. The tsunami was triggered by a magnitude- 7.9 earthquake that took place in the Gulf of Alaska.
According to the Tsunami Warning Center, several areas are under watch. Southeast and southern Alaska and British Columbia in Canada are under an official tsunami warning, while a tsunami watch has been placed for California, Oregon, and Washington.
The earthquake was detected off of the Gulf of Alaska and most dramatically affected Kodiak. According to preliminary statistics, the magnitude measured between 7.9 and 8.2, was 15 miles in depth and hit around 175 miles from the harbor.
According to CNN, at 2:29 a.m. local time, water began receding in Kodiak’s harbor, which meteorologist Dave Hennen noted is a “dangerous precursor to a significant tsunami.” Sirens alerted the citizens and police said, “This is not a drill.”
Hennen said, “Think of a sloshing bathtub with a water level dropping, only to rise extremely quickly. The tsunami would come in waves. In some occasions, the first wave is not the largest.”
Meanwhile, the watch was put in effect along the West Coast of the U.S. as well. The San Francisco Department of Emergency Management urged citizens living within five blocks of the Bay to be ready for evacuation. While the watch is more of a preliminary caution than an actual warning, citizens residing in coastal towns have to be prepared in the event of an evacuation.
We will continue to update here as more information is released. Please be praying for the safety of everyone that could be affected by this potentially harmful tsunami. In other breaking news, a music legend just had to cancel his tour after he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.