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Huge 7.4 Earthquake Strikes Sand Point, Alaska Triggering Tsunami Warning

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October 19 2020 A tsunami warning is in effect for southern Alaska on Monday after a major earthquake and large aftershock hit near the Alaskan Peninsula.

An initial earthquake with a 7.5 magnitude occurred around Sand Point, Alaska, a city on one of the Shumagin Islands, at about 5:14 p.m. E.T., according to the Official U.S. Geological Survey. An aftershock hit the area about 20 minutes later at a magnitude of 5.8, the USGS said.

The National Weather Service issued a tsunami warning for the Pacific coasts from Kennedy Entrance, Alaska to Unimak Pass, Alaska. Police in Homer, Alaska, asked anyone in the potential flooding zone to move to higher ground immediately in fear of a potential tsunami.

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