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Earthquake in Alaska

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Earthquake in Alaska

Ingrid Betancourt

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The coast of Alaska was hit by a 7.9 magnitude earthquake on the morning of Jan. 23, 2018. Citizens started their morning waking up to the entire world shaking at the 6 AM. Kodiak Island was hit with an initial magnitude of 8.2. Many people reported on social media that they could feel it from a distance but only a mere 90 seconds after they could feel it getting stronger, “ ‘Boy, I hope this stops soon because it’s just getting worse,’ ” Athey said. Immediately after the initial hit of the earthquake a tsunami warning had shot off. Alaskans living on the coast man on the islands have had many drills on what to do, and knew that they needed to evacuate.

Not only did people have the tsunami warnings going off, but they also had to deal with all the ruckus and sirens while trying to get to safety.  Many aftershocks of the earthquake still hit the largest one being a magnitude of 5.2.  After a few hours the tsunami warnings reached Oregon, Washington, and northern California. Many began to rush to safety from the incoming tsunami warning but began to question if the threat was real or not, considering what had happened to Hawaii in the recent weeks.

At about 8 AM, all of  Oregon, Washington, and northern California’s tsunami warnings were turned off and the citizens could return to their normal routine. However, for Alaskans, their tsunami warning continued for another hour or so. The tsunami warnings in Alaska were not cancelled until 9:30 AM. From the earthquake itself, there were no casualties, only a few were injured.

After this incident it took many people a while to get back to their regular schedule since they had the ridiculous warning.

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