Canceled: Widespread tsunami threat for Alaska, BC, Washington, Oregon, California and Hawaii


UPDATE: The Tsunami Threat was canceled at 1.10 am local time.

Earlier eTN Reported: If you are currently visiting a coastal area in Alaska, US Canadian West Coast, and Hawaii: You are under a Tsunami warning or tsunami alert!

eTN Chatroom: Discuss with readers from around the world:

Tourists: Stay away from the beaches. Tsunamis can travel hundreds of miles per hour, so you can’t escape if you’re close enough to see one.

At 1232 AM Alaska Standard Time on January 23, an earthquake with preliminary magnitude 8.2 occurred. A tsunami warning will remain in effect until further notice.

Shortly thereafter in British Columbia, Canada, the National Tsunami Warning Center has issued a tsunami warning for coastal B.C. The warning affects coastal areas of British Columbia from Attu, Alaska to the Washington State coastline. The tsunami watch includes now San Francisco Bay, and all of US and Canadian West Coast and Hawaii

After a massive 8.2 earthquake in the US State Alaska, early Tuesday morning at 1.32 am local time, a tsunami watch was issued for Guam, Hawaii, Japan, Johnston Atoll, Mexico, Midway Islands, Northern Marianas, Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, Russia and Wake islands.

Tsunami sirens went off in Kodiak, Alaska at 1 am after the earthquake. Kodiak is one of seven communities and the main city on Kodiak Island, Kodiak Island Borough, in the U.S. state of Alaska.

The possibility of a widespread tsunami is made for the entire U.S. Coast from Alaska to California and for British Columbia.

A  likely and severe threat is for the mid-Pacific region including Hawaii. Coastal areas in the Aloha State including Waikiki could be under threat. It’s 12.40 after midnight in Hawaii. Tourists are not yet aware of this situation. No alarm was triggered by the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency. The same agency is currently under attack after it issued a false ballistic attack alert earlier this month.

Waves could be expected in Hawaii at 4.23 am local time. All shores in Hawaii could experience a tsunami even if it’s coming from the other direction because when it hits the island it literally wraps around in every direction. Coming from Alaska, it would hit the North Shore first but that doesn’t mean other shores are safe.

The earthquake happened in a depth of 19km or 12 miles in the Gulf of Alaska. No damages are known to this remote area. The threat appears to be the possibility of widespread tsunamis.

Juergen Thomas Steinmetz has continuously worked in the travel and tourism industry since he was a teenager in Germany (1979), beginning as a travel agent up through today as a publisher of eTurboNews (eTN), one of the world’s most influential and most-read travel and tourism publications. He is also Chairman of ICTP. His experiences include working and collaborating with various national tourism offices and non-governmental organizations, as well as private and non-profit organizations, and in planning, implementing, and quality control of a range of travel and tourism-related activities and programs, including tourism policies and legislation. His major strengths include a vast knowledge of travel and tourism from the point of view of a successful private enterprise owner, superb networking skills, strong leadership, excellent communication skills, strong team player, attention to detail, dutiful respect for compliance in all regulated environments, and advisory skills in both political and non-political arenas with respect to tourism programs, policies, and legislation. He has a thorough knowledge of current industry practices and trends and is a computer and Internet junkie.