End Times News Update
Sign: Earthquake (7.4M)
Scripture: Matthew 24:7
News Source: Reuters
Major quakes strike in Pacific off Alaska, tsunami warning issued
WASHINGTON | Fri Jun 24, 2011 12:13am EDT
(Reuters) – A major earthquake of 7.4 magnitude hit in the Pacific
Ocean Thursday 107 miles east of Atka, Alaska, at a depth of about 25
miles,and a tsunami warning was in effect for parts of coastal Alaska,
warning agencies said.
A second quake of magnitude 7.2 hit in the same vicinity and at the
same depth a half-minute later, the U.S. Geological Survey said.
“A Tsunami warning is now in effect which includes the coastal areas
of Alaska from Unimak Pass, Alaska (80 miles northeast of Dutch
Harbor) to Amchitka Pass, Alaska (125 miles west of Adak),” the West
Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center said.
This leaves the coast of the entire Alaska peninsula and all of the
Alaska mainland out of harm’s way.
The center monitors tsunami risk only for the west coast of North
America from the Mexican border to Alaska.
A tsunami warning means all coastal residents in the warning area who
are near the beach or in low-lying regions should move immediately to
higher ground and away from harbors and inlets, including those
sheltered directly from the sea.
Earthquakes of this size magnitude are known to generate tsunamis. If
a tsunami has been generated, the waves will first reach Adak, Alaska,
at 8:12 p.m. Adak, Alaska time (12:12 a.m. EDT on Friday).
(Reporting by Philip Barbara and Anthony Boadle; Editing by Peter Cooney)