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Thursday, 25 January 2018 15:19

Wave of Confusion Follows Tsunami Alert

(TNS) - Local officials said coastal Whatcom County residents were never in any danger despite tsunami alerts that were issued for much of the west coast of North America early Tuesday in the wake of a powerful Alaskan earthquake.

“No, we were not under any real risk, but once again there were lots of inconsistencies between the National Weather Service and Environment Canada,” said John Gargett, deputy director of the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office Division of Emergency Management.

A tsunami warning and a tsunami watch were issued from the western tip of the Aleutian Islands in Alaska to San Diego in California in the wake of a 7.9 magnitude earthquake that struck at 1:32 a.m. PDT about 170 miles southeast of Kodiak Island in the Gulf of Alaska.