A major tsunami warning was issued for parts of Alaska and Canada overnight, after a magnitude-7.9 quake struck in the Gulf of Alaska at a shallow depth of 25km.
"Although the tsunami warning was eventually suspended, this event demonstrates that coast warning systems do work", B.C. Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth said in a statement.
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"This was a win as far as I could tell", said Marjie Veeder, clerk for the city of Unalaska, which is home to the worldwide fishing port of Dutch Harbor in the Aleutian Islands.
When the warning was cancelled, a cheer went up at the hall and the numerous dogs there started barking, a video posted on Twitter by Ms. Lempke showed.
Most of the tsunamis observed in California have been small, causing a slight rise in water levels in coastal areas and little damage.
The issue late Monday night had to do with the intersection of weather service forecast areas and census areas, she said. Kodiak is about 200 miles (321 kilometers) south of Anchorage, the state's largest city, which was not under a tsunami threat.
Reports varied about how long the shaking lasted, depending on location.
Kerry Seifert, an emergency management specialist, says it is nearly too soon to get damage reports as members of most communities could be seeking higher ground following the quake that struck recorded about 175 miles southeast of Kodiak Island early Tuesday morning. "Definitely the longest, and I was born here", Rand said.
The quake had previously been measured at magnitude 8.2.
March 28, 1964: The West Coast's most devastating tsunami on record was generated by a deadly magnitude-9.2 quake off Alaska. Officials in Japan say there was no tsunami threat there.
The National Weather Service's tsunami watch for the California coast Tuesday morning was canceled, but the question remained: What if there were a tsunami here?
March 11, 2011: Although not almost as destructive as the 1964 tsunami, a magnitude-9.0 natural disaster in the Tohoku region of Japan led strong tsunami currents that damaged harbors along California's coast. They settled into three muster stations on high ground, packing a few of the surrounding homes.
The city of Kodiak, Alaska, was projected to see the first wave at about 1:45 a.m., about an hour after an quake with a preliminary magnitude of 8.2 prompted a tsunami warning.
Mr Galloway said: "Aftershocks can happen for days and we can expect to see some in the coming days, especially after the big one near Alaska".
However, officials told people to hold fast at evacuation centers until further notice.
No evacuation orders were issued in key areas of the Juan de Fuca Electoral Area, said Capital Regional District director Mike Hicks, but there was an unconfirmed report of an evacuation order in East Sooke.
The natural disaster woke Kodiak Police Lieutenant Tim Putney from his sleep. "That was the strongest, longest-lasting one I've ever felt", he said by telephone.