Tsunami advisory dropped after 7.9 magnitude earthquake off coast of Alaska

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 5:02 AM
Updated: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 7:27 AM

Alaska, US west coast alerted to possible tsunami

UPDATE @ 8:34 a.m.

All tsumani warnings and advisories have been dropped following this morning’s earthquake.

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>> THE LATEST: Officials tell residents to seek higher ground amid tsunami warning

UPDATE @ 7:27 a.m. 

A tsunami warning has been downgraded to a tsunami advisory along the Alaska coast, according to the National Weather Service. The tsunami watch along the Washington, Oregon, and California coasts has been cancelled by the NWS.

Police continue to ask residents to remain in place at high ground, with another updated expected around 8 a.m. Eastern Time. 

We’ll continue to update this page. 

UPDATE @ 7:25 a.m. 

Tide levels are fluctuating in the Kodiak Harbor, according to Kodiak police, as a tsunami warning remains in effect for the Alaska coast. 

“We have received reports that the tide levels have risen three feet in the last few minutes and have since subsided,” police said in a Facebook post Tuesday. 

“The tide continues to fluctuate.” 

Residents are still being urged to remain at high ground, police said. 

UPDATE @ 6:55 a.m. 

The Kodiak Police Department reports water has started to recede from their harbor, and are urging residents to move to higher ground and wait for updates, according to a Facebook post. 

 Police also posted a video about 5:40 a.m. Eastern Time, warning residents a tsunami could be on the way. 

The tsunami watch, issued for parts of the Hawaii has been cancelled, but remains in effect Oregon, California, and Washington.  


The earthquake was at a depth of 15 miles. There have been nine aftershocks, from 3.1 to 5.0 magnitude.

The Oregon, California and Washington coasts are under a tsunami watch.

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

According to the National Weather Service, the first waves should arrive around 2 a.m. local time (6 a.m. Eastern Time). Residents are being told to seek higher ground.

The National Weather Service tweeted that a buoy just northeast of the epicenter recorded a water displacement of 32 feet.

This story will be updated as we learn additional details.