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July 27, 2020

Tsunami alerts sent by mistake

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Tuesday's magnitude 7.8 earthquake in the Aleutian Islands should not have sent tsunami alerts as far as Anchorage, Alaska's most populous city, the Alaska Tsunami Warning Center said Wednesday.

The warnings were justified for coastal communities where they prompted evacuations for communities like Homer and Kodiak, but geologists told Alaska Public Media it was unlikely the quake could have generated a large tsunami in Anchorage, about 500 miles northeast of its epicenter.

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