7.5 magnitude earthquake near Alaska triggers tsunami warning

Image: Sand Point, Alaska

Sand Point, Alaska harbor area on June 7, 2016.

Oct. 19, 2020, 6:12 PM EDT / Updated Oct. 19, 2020, 7:40 PM EDTBy Doha Madani

A tsunami warning was issued for southern Alaska on Monday after a major earthquake and large aftershock hit near the Alaskan Peninsula.

The warning was later downgraded to an advisory by the National Weather Service.

An initial earthquake with a 7.5 magnitude occurred around Sand Point, Alaska, a city on one of the Shumagin Islands, just before 1 p.m. local time (5 p.m. E.T.), according to the Official U.S. Geological Survey. An aftershock hit the area about 20 minutes later at a magnitude of 5.8, the USGS said.

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