Earlier today an enormous earthquake struck the Gulf of Alaska. Scoring 7.9 on the Richter scale the quake has triggered one of the largest evacuation orders in American history with a tsunami warning being broadcast to the entire West Coast. Experts are telling people to evacuate and get to higher ground immediately as a 10m high wave is currently approaching the coast and will make contact within a few hours.
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If you are in an area at risk from the tsunami you are instructed to:
- Evacuate inland or to higher ground above and beyond designated tsunami hazard zones or move to an upper floor of a multi-story building depending on your situation.
- Move out of the water, off the beach, and away from harbors, marinas, breakwaters, bays and inlets.
- Be alert to and follow instructions from your local emergency officials because they may have more detailed or specific information for your location.
- If you feel a strong earthquake or extended ground rolling take immediate protective actions such as moving inland and/or uphill preferably by foot.
- Prepare to take action and stay alert for further information.
So far the wave has yet to strike the US but early reports are coming in from Alaska saying that the first signs of its impact are being noted with half-foot high waves being recorded by local geologists.
The earthquake struck early this morning and was 10km below sea level and was 160 miles off the coast of Alaska. Currently police and emergency services are working to prepare areas likely to be hit so that the damage is minimal when the event occurs.