7.5-magnitude earthquake off Alaska coast triggers tsunami warning

SAND POINT, Alaska — A preliminary magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck near Sand Point, Alaska, on Monday afternoon, prompting a tsunami warning.

The quake, which struck about 62 miles southeast of Sand Point at 12:54 p.m., triggered the tsunami warning for areas along the coastline of the Alaska Peninsula, according to the U.S. Tsunami Warning Center.

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The warning extends from Kennedy Entrance, 40 miles southwest of Homer, to Unimak Pass, 80 miles northeast of Unalaska, the Anchorage Daily News reported.

The Washington Department of Natural Resources said there is no tsunami threat for Washington, KIRO reported.

The earthquake, which yielded no immediate damage reports, was felt in coastal communities across the region.

“It was a pretty good ride. I couldn’t tell you for how long, maybe 15-30 seconds,” Cold Bay resident Michael Ashley told the Daily News. “All the couches, recliners and bookcases were moving around, and I had to pretty much hold one of them up.”

State seismologist Michael West told the newspaper that Monday’s quake was an aftershock of the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck the same area in July.