Civil Defence alert: Tsunami threat evaluated after 8.2 magnitude earthquake

The National Emergency Management Agency is assessing whether there is any threat following a large earthquake in the Pacific Ocean.

An 8.1 magnitude earthquake struck off the Alaska Peninsula at 6.16pm, at a depth of 46km.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said “widespread hazardous tsunami waves are possible” within the next three hours along some coasts. It was not yet known if that includes New Zealand.

“The situation is still under investigation. This threat evaluation will be updated as soon as further information becomes available,” said an automated email from the PTWC.

Nema and GNS Science are assessing whether there is any risk to New Zealand.

“If a tsunami has been generated in this location it is not likely to arrive in New Zealand for at least 12 hours.”

Civil Defence will provide an update as soon as the initial assessment has been completed.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has issued a warning for Hawaii and Guam.

Based on the preliminary seismic data, the quake should have been widely felt by almost everyone in the area of the epicenter. It might have caused light to moderate damage.

Moderate shaking probably occurred in Perryville, Chignik Lake and Sandpoint.

– More to come.

-Additional reporting AP

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