BY | January 5, 2013

(NVONews.Com) Tsunami warning has been issued in Alaska following severe earthquake that hit many parts of Alaska in USA earlier today. The intensity of the earthquake was reported to be as high as 7.6 at Richter Scale. The center of the earthquake was reported to be some 60 miles away from Craig in Alaska.

Reports suggest that right now a tsunami warning was in effect in several parts of Alaska besides many areas in Canada following the brutal and very forceful earthquake that rattled this sparsely populated region.

Alaska Tsunami Warning Center while detailing the earthquake and its aftermath aid that the tsunami warning area was around 475 miles. Meanwhile reports suggest that a tsunami was also observed in the proximity of Port Alexander also in Alaska. The intensity of the earthquake was so high that had it happened in a populated area, the death toll might have been unimaginably high besides unprecedented damage to properties in affected areas.

A US Geological Survey report while detailing the earthquake and its reasons said, “The January 5, 2013 M 7.5 earthquake off the west coast of southeastern Alaska occurred as a result of shallow strike-slip faulting on or near the plate boundary between the Pacific and North America plates.  At the location of this earthquake, the Pacific plate is moving approximately northwestward with respect to the North America plate at a velocity of 51 mm/yr…This earthquake is likely associated with relative motion across the Queen Charlotte fault system offshore of British Columbia, Canada, which forms the major expression of the Pacific:North America plate boundary in this region. The surrounding area of the plate boundary has hosted 8 earthquakes of magnitude 6 or greater over the past 40 years”.

Thankfully there were no reports of death or damages to properties from the affected areas.

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