The Latest news on the Georgia earthquake that struck on Sunday, killing more than 280 people, including at least nine in Alaska.
The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has issued a mandatory evacuation alert for the area where the quake struck and a tsunami warning for coastal areas.
The alert states that coastal areas in the Aleutian Islands, including the Umatilla Islands, the Aleuts, and the northern part of the Aleu Islands, where the epicenter is, will be at risk for landslides and strong currents, and that a tsunami watch for the AleUT Islands will be in effect until the area is declared safe for people and goods to enter.
The Tsunami Warning for Alaska and the Aleutan Islands issued by the National Weather Service and the Tsunamis Centre at the University of Washington (UWA) states that the Aleuten Islands, Aleut Islands, and Aleut Island chains will be affected by strong currents.
Tsunamis are very powerful and destructive.
We have had several major tsunamis in the last 50 years, and many more have followed in the decades since.
The epicenter of the quake was near the village of Aleut, located in the Bering Sea, in the northern Aleutians, about 250 kilometers (155 miles) east of the northern tip of the islands.
The earthquake shook houses and buildings in the villages of Lekh, Lekan, and Lekimah, according to UWA.
It also shook and damaged houses and businesses in Aleut and Aleuts Islands, UWA said.
The quake was centered near the Aleush Islands, according the USGS.
The U.K.’s Bureau of Meteorology also issued a tsunami alert for parts of the U. K. and Northern Isles, including parts of Northern England.
A tsunami warning was issued for the entire northern Aleuts and Aleu islands, the UWA added.
The Aleut islands are about 690 kilometers (440 miles) from the nearest mainland, Alaska, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said in a statement.
It added that it was “very unlikely” the Aleuvians will experience another major tsunami this year.
Alaska Governor Bill Walker, who has declared a state of emergency in his state, said the earthquake was felt from coast to coast.
“It’s been an earthquake with no fatalities, no injuries, and no property damage,” Walker said on CNN.
“There were no reports of any injuries or any property damage.
We’re fortunate that we haven’t had any damage in Alaska.”
Bill Walker says the Alaska quake was felt across the state, with no deaths or injuries reported.
pic.twitter.com/7WqO8yVZ4V — ABC News (@ABC) April 29, 2021The Aleuts are located along a tectonic plate known as the North Slope of Alaska, which extends from northern Canada to Siberia.
The Aleut Islanders are located in what’s known as Alaska’s Upper Aleutia.
“There is no tsunami threat to Alaska, and it’s safe to travel to the Aleud Basin and to travel across the Aleute Coast to northern Alaska,” Walker told CNN.
Walker added that he was confident that residents in the region, and in the Alaska mainland, would have the supplies needed to return home in the event of a tsunami.
He added that the governor has declared an emergency to assist in the recovery efforts, which include distributing supplies to local officials, the Alaska Department of Health, and public health personnel.
“We are doing everything we can,” Walker added.
“I’m going to be in contact with the governors of Alaska and Canada and our allies to ensure they are fully engaged in the effort.”
The Aleuten islands are located just off the Aleuth, a tributary of the Baryon Plume, which rises from Siberia and moves northeast along the continental shelf of the North American continent.
The region is known for its volcanoes, but the Aleuros Islands are not particularly active volcanoes.
In the past few decades, however, there have been several volcanic eruptions in the area.
The magnitude 5.1 quake hit at 11:46 a.m. local time (12:46 p.m, 6:46:46 GMT) near the town of Aleuts.
The tremors killed at least 283 people and injured more than 320 others, according UWA, and caused $1.1 billion in damage.