Tsunami warning issued on West Coast now canceled

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A 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck the Gulf of Alaska early Tuesday morning, causing the National Tsunami Warning Center of the National Weather Service, or NWS, to issue a tsunami watch on the West Coast.

The earthquake occurred about 1:30 a.m., resulting in waves less than 1 foot tall in southern Alaska and along the Alaska Peninsula, according to an update from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The watches and warnings, which were issued at 1:35 a.m., applied to the west coasts of the United States and Canada and most of Alaska, and they were canceled in a 3:12 a.m. update from the NWS.

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