7.5 magnitude earthquake shakes Aleutian Peninsula, triggering tsunami and evacuations

A 7.5 magnitude earthquake shook Sand Point, Alaska triggering a tsunami, Scott Langley with the National Tsunami Warning Center said on Monday afternoon.

Langley said the tsunami sent two waves, each measuring 4 feet, 3 inches high.

The center is monitoring harbors in a 500-mile area along the Alaska coastline, he said.

Tsunami advisories issued for parts of Alaska and the state of Hawaii following the earthquake were canceled Monday night, according to tweets from the National Weather Service Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (NWS PTWC).

“For other US and Canadian Pacific coasts in North America, there is no tsunami threat,” the center said.

Low-lying costal areas were ordered to evacuate.

The earthquake’s epicenter was recorded less than 60 miles from Sand Point, near the Aleutian Peninsula in the southwestern part of the state.

Several aftershocks, including one with a magnitude of 5.9 and one that was 5.8, struck in the hour after the big quake.