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Tsunami and Earthquake to hit the Bay Area?

January 25, 2018

A 7.9 magnitude earthquake hit just before 2 a.m. Pacific time Tuesday in the Gulf of Alaska, and triggered a tsunami warning for the region, along with a tsunami watch for California, including the San Francisco Bay Area, Washington, and Oregon, before the National Weather Service cancelled the watch. A wave of only six inches was reported in Alaska according to the National  Weather Service, but emergency workers were being cautious, and continuing to monitor the impact of the quake and its aftershocks. The powerful earthquake was off the coast of the Last Frontier’s Kodiak Island and violently shook the surrounding area, according to the United States Geological Survey. It was recorded an estimated 175 miles southeast of the island. Alaska is located on the Ring of Fire, a huge area in the basin of the Pacific Ocean where earthquakes and volcanic eruptions frequently occur. The tsunami warning has since been downgraded to advisories after the entire US West Coast was put on alert in the wake of the huge 7.9-magnitude quake.

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