Alaska earthquake: Residents forced to evacuate after major quake strikes near coast

 (USGS)
(USGS)

Tsunami warnings were issued after a 8.2 earthquake struck off the coast of Alaska.

The warnings - affecting coastal regions of the US state and the Pacific region - were lifted hours later.

Authorities said the quake - which was recorded at 10:15 pm on Wednesday local time (6.15am GMT Thursday) - struck under the surface of the ocean off the coast of Alaska.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage to property, although several Alaskan coastal communities were evacuated following the earthquake.

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Alaska earthquake: Tsunami warning as 8.2-magnitude tremor strikes off coast