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8.2 earthquake hits near Alaska Peninsula, triggers tsunami warning

Christian Fernsby |
A major earthquake on Wednesday night hit near the Alaska Peninsula, reported the U.S. Geological Survey.

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The USGS is reporting a magnitude of 8.2 and a location about 56 miles east-southeast of Perryville.

The erthquake has triggered a tsunami warning for a swath of coastal Alaska from Sand Point to Kodiak to Homer to Cordova and prompted sirens to sound in communities as evacuations began.

Anchorage residents also received tsunami alerts on their cellphones, though the Anchorage Office of Emergency Management reported Wednesday night that there’s “no known current concerns” for the municipality.

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