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US: 8.2 magnitude earthquake hits Alaska, tsunami warning issued

Washington: The United States Geological Survey (USGS) has sent out a tsunami warning after an 8.2-magnitude earthquake struck the Alaska Peninsula late Wednesday.

The USGS said the quake occurred 56 miles (91 kilometers) southeast of the city of Perryville, adding that a tsunami warning has also been issued for southern Alaska and the Alaska Peninsula.

The US government has issued a tsunami warning for the southeast of Alaska. 

“Dangerous tsunami waves for this earthquake are possible along some coasts within the next three hours,” the US Tsunami Warning System said in a statement.

Perryville is a small village about 500 miles from Anchorage, the largest city in Alaska. In October, a 7.5-magnitude earthquake struck the southern coast of Alaska, causing tsunami waves, but no casualties.

Alaska is part of the seismically active Pacific Ring of Fire. A 9.2-magnitude earthquake struck Alaska in March 1964, the most powerful earthquake ever struck in North America. It devastated Anchorage and triggered a tsunami that devastated the Gulf of Alaska, the US West Coast, and Hawaii.

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