Huge 8.1 magnitude quake strikes near USA coast with tsunami warning issued

Alaska quake tsunami warning

A map from the US Geological Survey. The large red dot shows the quake's location. US Geological Survey

The natural disaster hit the waters southeast of Alaska, according to reports from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

The quake hit early in the morning local time.

A massive magnitude 8.2 natural disaster was detected roughly 175 miles off the coast of Kodiak, Alaska around 4:30am Tuesday morning.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said "widespread hazardous tsunami waves are possible" along some coasts, but no areas appeared to be immediately threatened after the magnitude 8.2 quake. People reported on social media that the quake was felt hundreds of miles away, in Anchorage.

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Authorities in Alaska and Canada's British Columbia have told people living in the coastal areas to evacuate homes and businesses and move to higher ground.

A tsunami watch alert has also been issued for the state of Hawaii. A tsunami warning is in effect. "The first wave may not be the largest". If a tsunami is likely to hit the islands, a Tsunami Warning will be issued.

If a tsunami has been generated in this location it is not likely to arrive in New Zealand for at least 12 hours.

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