Quake off SE Alaska prompts tsunami warning on northern BC coast

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JUNEAU, Alaska - A tsunami warning has been issued for the north and central coast of B.C. after an earthquake struck off southeastern Alaska just after midnight local time.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake has a pre,iminary reading of 7.7 and it struck just before midnight local time about 102 kilometres west of Craig, Alaska and some 300 kilometres west-northwest of Prince Rupert, B.C.

B.C.'s emergency notification centre says it is believed a tsunami has been generated that may impact low-lying coastal areas in northern and central areas.

Local governments in the warning zones are urged to activate their emergency plans and immediately begin evacuations in areas at risk of tsunami activity.

A tsunami advisory has also been issued for the outer west coast of Vancouver Island from Cape Scott to Cape Renfrew and in the Juan de Fuca Strait from Jordan River to Greater Victoria.

Geographic location: Alaska, Northern BC, Craig Prince Rupert Vancouver Island Cape Scott Cape Renfrew Jordan River

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