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8.2 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Alaska, Tsunami Warning Issued

An earthquake of magnitude 8.2 hit the Alaskan peninsula at 6:15 GMT on Thursday.

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<div class="paragraphs"><p>An earthquake of magnitude 8.2 hit the Alaskan peninsula late on Wednesday, 28 July, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said, issuing a tsunami warning.</p></div>
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An earthquake of magnitude 8.2 hit the Alaskan peninsula late on Wednesday, 28 July, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said, issuing a tsunami warning.

The earthquake, which struck 91 km Southeast of the town of Perryville in Alaska, occurred at 10:15 pm local time on Wednesday (6:15 GMT on Thursday).

The American government broadcast a tsunami warning for south Alaska and the Alaskan peninsula following the earthquake.

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"Hazardous tsunami waves for this earthquake are possible within the next three hours along some coasts," the US Tsunami Warning System said, news agency AFP reported.

According to the USGS, five aftershocks – the largest with a magnitude of 6.2 – were recorded within 90 minutes of the earthquake.

Large earthquakes are common in the Alaska-Aleutian region. Since 1900, eight other earthquakes of magnitude higher than seven and larger have occurred within 250 km of the 29 July 2021 earthquake origin, as per the USGS.

(With inputs from AFP)

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