WHY IN THE NEWS?
An 8.2 magnitude earthquake struck off the Alaskan Peninsula. As per the United States Geological Survey, it has prompted a Tsunami warning in parts of Alaska.
Alaska earthquake: History
- In March 1964, Alaska was hit by a 9.2 magnitude earthquake, which was the strongest ever recorded in North America.
- It had devastated Anchorage and had unleashed a Tsunami that had slammed the Gulf of Alaska, the US West Coast. More than 250 people were killed by the tsunami and the quake.
- A 7.5 magnitude earthquake had also caused the tsunami waves on the Southern Coast in Alaska in October 2020; however, no casualties were reported.