A major earthquake has struck 170 miles off the coast prompting a tsunami warning

A major earthquake struck 170 miles off Alaska early Tuesday, prompting a tsunami warning that forced people in coastal communities to flee to higher ground.

The magnitude 7.9 quake was reported at 12:31 a.m. local time in the Gulf of Alaska, according to the United States Geological Survey. There were no immediate reports of damage.

Kodiak police said just before 2:30 a.m. local time (6:30 a.m. ET) that officers reported water was receding from the harbor and residents should remain in place and await further updates.As a precaution, state police in Kodiak said residents on lower ground were being urged to move to higher ground because the tsunami warning was still in effect. A local high school was opened as a shelter.

The Anchorage Police Department said the city was not covered by the warning and was outside the danger zone. It urged residents not to call 911.

In the coastal city of Homer, Alaska, police told NBC News they were advising residents to evacuate to higher ground ahead of the wave’s expected arrival there at 2:55 a.m. local time (6:55 a.m. ET)

Source: https://www.nbcnews.com

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