Alaska: In breaking news, a powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 7.4 has struck the Alaska Peninsula region, as confirmed by the United States Geological Survey (USGS). Following the seismic event, a tsunami warning has been issued for certain areas of the state.
According to the USGS, the earthquake originated at a depth of approximately 9.3 kilometers (5.78 miles). The impact of the quake was felt across various locations, including the Alaskan Peninsula, the Aleutian Islands, and the Cook Inlet regions, as reported by the Alaska Earthquake Centre.
As of now, no immediate reports of casualties or significant damage have been received. However, authorities are closely monitoring the situation and urging residents to remain vigilant.
It is important to note that Alaska has a history of devastating earthquakes. In March 1964, the state experienced a record-breaking 9.2-magnitude earthquake, which remains the strongest ever recorded in North America. This event resulted in widespread destruction in Anchorage and triggered a tsunami that affected the Gulf of Alaska, the U.S. West Coast, and Hawaii. Tragically, over 250 individuals lost their lives due to the combined impact of the earthquake and the ensuing tsunami.