Tsunami watch canceled following earthquake off Alaskan coast - FOX Carolina 21

Tsunami watch canceled following earthquake off Alaskan coast

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ANCHORAGE, AK (AP/FOXCarolina) -

A tsunami watch issued for the entire US west coast after a large earthquake off the Alaskan coast Tuesday morning has been canceled.

The quake struck 175 miles southeast of Kodiak, AK.  Kodiak officials warned residents to evacuate if they lived in low-lying areas.

Initially, the earthquake was reported as an 8.2 magnitude but the US Geological Survey later determined it to be a 7.9.

Warnings from the National Weather Service sent to cellphones in Alaska warned: "Emergency Alert. Tsunami danger on the coast. Go to high ground or move inland."

People reported on social media that the quake was felt hundreds of miles away, in Anchorage.

A tsunami warning was issued for Alaska and British Columbia. 

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said the entire US west coast was initially under a tsunami watch after the crash.

BuzzFeed tweeted a NOAA weather image showing the projected tsunami travel times:

Shortly after 7 a.m. the tsunami watches and warnings were canceled.

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