A tsunami warning has been issued for Alaska after an 8.0 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast.
Alaska is situated on the Ring of Fire, a huge area in the basin of the Pacific Ocean where earthquakes and volcanic eruptions frequently occur.
BUYOS are showing wave heights of ten meters – Gulf of ALASKA, heading to Washington, Oregon, Hawaii, California – TSUNAMI ALERT
TSUNAMI MESSAGE NUMBER 1
NWS PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER EWA BEACH HI
1143 PM HST MON JAN 22 2018
TO – EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT IN THE STATE OF HAWAII
SUBJECT – TSUNAMI WATCH
A TSUNAMI WATCH IS ISSUED FOR THE STATE OF HAWAII EFFECTIVE AT
1143 PM HST.
AN EARTHQUAKE HAS OCCURRED WITH THESE PRELIMINARY PARAMETERS
ORIGIN TIME – 1132 PM HST 22 JAN 2018
COORDINATES – 56.0 NORTH 149.2 WEST
LOCATION – GULF OF ALASKA
MAGNITUDE – 8.0 MOMENT
BASED ON ALL AVAILABLE DATA A TSUNAMI MAY HAVE BEEN GENERATED BY
THIS EARTHQUAKE THAT COULD BE DESTRUCTIVE ON COASTAL AREAS EVEN
FAR FROM THE EPICENTER. AN INVESTIGATION IS UNDERWAY TO DETERMINE
IF THERE IS A TSUNAMI THREAT TO HAWAII.
IF TSUNAMI WAVES IMPACT HAWAII THE ESTIMATED EARLIEST ARRIVAL OF
THE FIRST TSUNAMI WAVE IS