Tsunami alert issued after 7.0 magnitude earthquake in Alaska, say US officials

Tsunami warning issued for Cook Inlet, leading from Anchorage to Pacific.
Alaska Earthquake

A 7.0 magnitude earthquake has rocked Alaska, the northwestern tip of North America, officials in the United States have said.

The US Geological Survey (USGS) on Friday said the earthquake was centered about 12km north of Alaska’s largest city, Anchorage.

An Associated Press reporter working in downtown Anchorage saw cracks in a two-story building after the quake. It was unclear whether there were injuries.

Southern Alaska has a high risk of earthquakes due to tectonic plates sliding past each other under the region.

On March 27, 1964, Alaska was hit by a magnitude 9.2 earthquake, the strongest recorded in US history, centered about 120km east of Anchorage.

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