Magnitude 8.2 quake strikes off Alaska

US coast rocked by huge magnitude 8.2 earthquake lasting over a minute

A tsunami warning has been issued for the whole of the Pacific ocean following the powerful quake

Magnitude 8.2 natural disaster strikes 175 miles southeast of Kodiak, Alaska; tsunami warning issued.

The quake hit about 10.30pm New Zealand time.

"Based on all available data a tsunami may have been generated by this natural disaster that could be destructive on Coastal areas even far from the epicentre".

An 8.1-magnitude natural disaster struck 250 kilometers southeast of Chiniak, Alaska, tsunami warning in effect.

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Parts of Canada's British Columbia also face a tsunami risk. The western United States coast was put on the lesser level of "tsunami watch", according to the Reuters news agency. The alert instructed all affected individuals to move to higher grounds. Tsunami warnings mean that a tsunami with significant inundation is possible or is already occurring, ' Anchorage Office of Emergency Management said.

The quake had a depth of about 6 miles, according to USGS.

Should a tsunami impact Hawaii, the first wave is estimated to arrive at 4:26 am HST (14:26 pm GMT).

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