According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), a magnitude 7.4 earthquake struck the Alaska Peninsula today. Tsunami warnings have been issued for some areas of the US following the earthquake.
The USGS said the quake struck at a depth of 9.3 kilometers (5.78 miles).
Notable earthquake, preliminary data: M 7.4 – 106 km S Sand Point, Alaska https://t.co/ftepDWDKb7
— USGS Quakes (@USGS_Quakes) July 16, 2023
The Alaska Earthquake Center said the quake was felt in the Alaskan Peninsula, Aleutian Islands and Cook Inlet areas.
Alaska is part of the seismically active Pacific Ring of Fire.
In March 1964, a magnitude 9.2 earthquake struck Alaska, the strongest earthquake ever recorded in North America. It destroyed Anchorage and unleashed a tsunami that hit the Gulf of Alaska, the West Coast of the US, and Hawaii.
More than 250 people died in the earthquake and tsunami.