California Residents Feared Tsunami After Watch Alerts Sent

Tsunami Alerts

The coast of California was recently under a tsunami warning after an earthquake that occurred off the coast of Kodiak, Alaska. The earthquake was measured at an 8.2 initially. After officials examined the data, it was downgraded to a 7.9. There was a severe threat for the possibility of a tsunami wave. Watches were sent to people along the coast of California and people in other states near the region where the earthquake occurred.

The Alaskan coast was under a tsunami warning for a few hours as officials monitored conditions in the ocean. Residents in California were asked to seek higher ground in the event that a tsunami was seen. Sirens started to go off as well. Many people started to prepare for a possible wave that could have caused significant flooding. After a few hours, officials saw that there was no wave and canceled the messages that were sent out. Fortunately, there were no injuries reported after the quake occurred. Boat captains in the water off the California coast reported abnormal rocking similar to what would be experienced during a severe storm.

There have been no reports of damage to buildings in Alaska or in California. There have been several aftershocks with the largest registering at a 5.9. Residents in California have reported feeling slight shaking while they are in their homes or in businesses. However, there has been no damage or injuries reported from the aftershocks. The earthquake and watches that were issued have encouraged many residents in California to examine what they would do if a tsunami were to occur in the future. Many people are gathering supplies and locating places to go so that they are on higher ground instead of remaining in their homes. The earthquake that occurred was rather strong, but damage was minimal because it was a deeper quake.