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Tsunami warning issued for NorCal, southern Alaska

10:20 PM, Oct 27, 2012   |    comments
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The first wave from a small tsunami has been reported in a southeast Alaska community.

State officials say a wave with a height of about 4 inches was measured in Craig late Saturday evening.

That was smaller than earlier forecasts, which said the wave could have been up to 1 foot.

A tsunami warning has been issued for coastal areas of Northern California starting around 80 miles north of San Francisco at Gualala Point and extending north, according to the West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center.

Tsunami warnings have also been issued for Hawaii and parts of British Columbia and Alaska following a 7.7 magnitude earthquake that occurred around 8 p.m. this evening 86 miles south of Masset, British Columbia, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The warning was sparked by a strong earthquake Saturday night that shook off the west coast of Canada. The U.S. Geological Survey said the 7.7-magnitude earthquake hit in the Queen Charlotte Islands area, followed by a 5.8-magnitude aftershock several minutes later.

The Associated Press

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