An earthquake struck close to Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city, triggering a tsunami warning with people close to coastal areas in the south of the state urged to head further inland.
The 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit at 8.29am local time with the epicentre recorded just 12km north of Anchorage.
A tsunami warning is in place for large parts of southern Alaska, including coastal areas around the Cook Inlet and the Southern Kenai Peninsula. Those in at-risk areas are urged to evacuate further inland or to higher ground if possible and be prepared to follow instructions from emergency services.
However the warning was withdrawn after no movement was noted beneath the sea.
Most of the planes have been diverted and the airport has temporary suspended operations.
The schools had alerted parents to pick up their kids.