US Cancels Tsunami Alerts

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The U.S.’ National Tsunami Center has cancelled a series of alerts for America’s Pacific coast and parts of Canada following a major earthquake in the Gulf of Alaska.

An 8.2-magnitude earthquake — later downgraded to 7.9 on the Richter scale — hit about 300 kilometers (175 miles) southeast of Kodiak, Alaska, in the Gulf of Alaska.

It hit at a depth of 10km at 12.31 a.m. (0931 GMT) on Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

Evacuations took place in Kodiak, Alaska. Victoria, the capital of British Colombia, also warned residents on the coast to move two blocks inland.

An advisory remains in place for parts of Alaska, but other regions have been told to simply monitor any change in sea levels.