Tsunami advisory cancelled after Russia 7.8 earthquake
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The Associated Press
Published Monday, July 17, 2017 9:11PM EDT
Last Updated Monday, July 17, 2017 9:39PM EDT
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- A strong earthquake on the Russian side of the Bering Sea briefly prompted a tsunami advisory for parts of the Pacific, including Alaska's remote Aleutian Islands and Russia. The National Tsunami Warning Center in Palmer, Alaska, cancelled the advisory because the tsunami no longer posed a threat.
Officials at the warning centre had cautioned waves could reach up to 0.91 metres above the tide level. But waves later Monday were reported only 6 inches above tide at the sparsely populated Shemya, Alaska, site of a remote Air Force station in the extreme western Aleutians.
The quake was initially measured at magnitude 7.4 when it struck just after 3:30 p.m. AKDT in the Komandorskiye Ostrova region of Russian, roughly 2,253 kilometres west of Anchorage.