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UPDATE: Tsunami watch canceled

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UPDATE: (4:17 a.m.) - The Tsunami Watch for the California coast has been canceled, according to the National Weather Service.

UPDATE (4:15 a.m.) - The threat of tsunami on the Central Coast continues to diminish hours after a 7.9 magnitude earthquake hit Alaska's Kodiak Island. 

The current tsunami watch is in effect until early Friday morning; however, officials with the National Weather Service and the Tsunami Warning Center are likely to reduce or cancel it altogether in the near future. 

Residents are urged to stay alert; however, there is still no need to be alarmed. 

UPDATE (3:20 a.m.) - The San Luis Obispo County Office of Emergency Services says Central Coast residents should not be alarmed about a tsunami risk Tuesday morning. 

"There's no sign of tsunami at this time and no reason for alarm," an OES representative told KSBY. "The National Weather Service will alert us with things change but people don't need to stay out of the water or worry at this time."

The USGS has since downgraded the earthquake that rattled Alaska early Tuesday morning from am 8.2 to a 7.9. 

According to the National Weather Service, the effects of a potential tsunami would hit Port San Luis at 6:20 a.m. and Santa Barbara at 6:35 a.m.

A tsunami watch was issued for the coast from Washington to California as well as Hawaii early Tuesday after a preliminary-magnitude 8.2 earthquake struck the Gulf of Alaska. 

Image: A National Weather Service map


A tsunami warning was also in effect for the coast of Alaska and the Canadian province of British Columbia. 

The quake struck at 4:31 a.m. ET about 330 miles south from the coast of Alaska at a depth of six miles, the USGS said

“Based on the preliminary earthquake parameters … widespread hazardous tsunami waves are possible,” the NWS Tsunami Warning Center said. “No areas covered by this message appear to be immediately threatened. However... the situation is still under investigation,” it said.

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.

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