Tsunami warning for Alaska after 6.6-magnitude earthquake

A tsunami warning was declared in southern Alaska after a 6.6 magnitude earthquake rocked buildings in downtown Anchorage, according to reports.

The National Tsunami Warning Center said the warning was in effect for parts of the state’s Cook Inlet and the southern Kenai peninsula, according to CNN.

The warning means tsunami waves were expected.

The US Geological Survey initially said the temblor registered 6.7 on the Richter scale, but it was later reduced to 6.6. The quake was centered about 7 miles north of Alaska’s largest city.

An Associated Press reporter in Anchorage saw cracks in a 2-story building after the quake. It was unclear whether there were any injuries.

People went back inside buildings after the earthquake but a smaller aftershock later sent them running back into the streets again.

News director Tracy Sabo of CNN affiliate KTUU, which was knocked off the air, said the station has had reports of items falling off shelves.

The alert said that “for other US and Canadian Pacific coasts in North America, the level of tsunami danger is being evaluated. Further information will be provided in supplementary messages.”

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