Tsunami Advisories Canceled Following Alaska Earthquake

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Officials canceled all tsunami advisories following a magnitude-7.9 earthquake in the Aleutian Islands Monday.

The National Tsunami Warning Center canceled the last remaining advisory late Monday afternoon local time. Earlier Monday, parts of Alaska, from Unimak Pass to Attu, were under a tsunami warning and later and advisory.

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Residents in the areas affected by the advisory were told to move off the beaches and not return to the coast unless emergency officials indicate it's safe to do so.

The quake hit near the Aleutian Islands, Alaska, according to the United States Geological Survey. There were no immediate reports of damage.

The earthquake had a depth of 118 kilometres or about 73 miles, and the nearest populated area to the epicenter is 15 miles away, an island called Little Sitkin Island, according to Rafael Abreu, a geophysicist with the USGS.

The earthquake recorded at 12:53 p.m. local time was initially reported with a magnitude of 7.1, but was later upgraded to 8.0. Officials later downgraded it to 7.9


—Becky Bratu

The Associated Press contributed to this report.