No tsunami warning for B.C. after 7.2M earthquake in Alaska

No tsunami warning for B.C. after 7.2M earthquake in Alaska
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The B.C. coast was safe from any tsunami threats after a large earthquake rumbled off the coast of Alaska late Saturday night, according to Emergency Info BC.

The 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck off the Alaska Peninsula at 10:48 p.m. and was widely felt throughout the Aleutian Islands, the Alaskan Peninsula and Cook Inlet regions, according to the Alaska Earthquake Center.

The earthquake triggered a brief tsunami advisory for southern Alaska, but was cancelled about an hour later.

In B.C., the Emergency Info BC Twitter account briefly said it was reviewing tsunami risks to the province, but quickly confirmed there was no risk to British Columbia.

In Kodiak, Alaska, sirens warned of a possible tsunami and sent people driving to shelters late at night, according to video posted to social media.

The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency said shortly after the tsunami warning went out that there was no threat to the islands.

There were an estimated eight aftershocks in the same area of Alaska, including one measuring 5.0 magnitude within three minutes of the original earthquake, according to Alaska television station KTUU-TV.

The earthquake occurred at a depth of 21 kilometres, according to the U.S. National Weather Service.

With files from the Associated Press.

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