A huge earthquake off the coast of Alaska briefly sparked a tsunami watch for the entire West Coast of the United States. The watch has now been canceled.
The 7.9 magnitude quake occurred in the Gulf of Alaska at 3:29 a.m. PT. It generated small additional wave action in Alaska, but conditions were not such that those waves spread south. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a statement that said additional analysis ruled out the threat of tsunami further south.
The earthquake was centered 175 miles southeast of Kodiak, Alaska. Residents in Kodiak told CNN that the shaking lasted for a minute and that the whole town was prepared to evacuate initially.