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A magnitude 8.2 earthquake struck near the Alaska Peninsula on Thursday evening at 6.16pm NZST, and authorities in New Zealand keept a close eye on developments.
The National Emergency Management Agency (Civil Defense) responded promptly to the quake and assessed whether there was a tsunami risk to the country.
The quake was located at around 92km east southeast of Perryville with a depth of 46.7km.
“If a tsunami has been generated in this location, it is not likely to arrive in New Zealand for at least 12 hours,” said a statement from Civil Defence on Twitter.
We are assessing whether the M8.1 ALASKA PENINSULA earthquake poses any tsunami threat to New Zealand. If a tsunami has been generated it is not likely to arrive in New Zealand for at least 12 hours hours.
— National Emergency Management Agency (@NZcivildefence) July 29, 2021
M8.2 Alaska earthquake 6:16pm NZT. Our Tsunami Experts Panel has been activated and we are working with @NZcivildefence to assess the risk to New Zealand.
If a tsunami has been generated it is not likely to arrive in New Zealand for at least 12 hours.https://t.co/iS2sYR4qi6
— GeoNet (@geonet) July 29, 2021
There was no tsunami threat to New Zealand after the assessment was completed.
A tsunami warning was issued for surrounding areas such as the US Pacifics' Guam and the Mariana Islands.
Image: SUPPLIED/USGS [United States Geological Survey]
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