The Pacfic Tsunami Warning Centre said that “widespread hazardous tsunami waves were possible”. The tsunami warning is in place across the western coast of the US, from Alaska down to the California-Mexico border but also in Hawaii and parts of Canada. The entire US west coast was put on “tsunami watch,” which is a lesser state of readiness than a tsunami alert.
A tsunami could hit Tofino, British Columbia, on Vancouver Island, around4:40 a.m. Pacific Standard Time, and the northwest corner of Washington State around 4:55 a.m. Residents were alerted to the danger by text messages. “If you are located in this coastal area, move inland to higher ground,” the office said. People have been urged to evacuate their homes. Officials in Anchorage warned coastal areas, saying there was “extraordinary threat to life or property”. After earthquake, there were no immediate reports of damage. Alaska is situated on the Ring of Fire, an area of the Pacific Ocean where earthquakes and volcanic eruptions frequently occur.