TILLAMOOK COUNTY - At around 12:31am Alaskan Time (1:31am PST) a 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck 175 miles SE of Kodiak in the Gulf of Alaska, prompting a tsunami warning for Alaska's southern coast and a tsunami watch for the West Coast and the Hawaii coast.
At 1:43am PST the National Tsunami Warning Center in Palmer, Alaska issued the first round of tsunami watches and warnings for the event. With text alerts from local authorities and NOAA Weather Radios blaring many coastal residents were jolted awake from California to Alaska. In Kodiak, residents were awaken by the wale of tsunami sirens and police officers on loud seekers telling them to head for higher ground. In Seaside, despite only being under a tsunami watch some resident headed for the hills taking refuge at Camp 18 on Highway 26 according to KGW. In Tillamook County, Local authorities activated the counties Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to begin preparing for an evacuation if it was need.
At around 4:20am PST National Tsunami Warning Center canceled the tsunami Watch for the West Coast and downgraded the tsunami warning to an advisory for the Alaskan Coast. At 5:13am PST the tsunamis advisory for the Alaskan Coast was cancelled and the tsunami threat was over.
There was no reports of damage from the earthquake or the tsunami in Kodiak and local officials are praising the residents of Kodiak for their orderly evacuation this morning.