At 5:35 PM eastern US time, a Magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck off the Aleutian Islands in Alaska; at a depth of 19km. Three Tsunami Warning Buoys in that area are OUT OF SERVICE and so there's no telling if a major Tsunami is already making it's way to the US/CANADA west coast!
The quake is shown on the image below:
The initial report from the US Geological Survey reported TWO such 6.5 quakes, one at 19km, the other at 31km, but within minutes, all record of the SECOND quake, "disappeared" from the USGS site!
This is a developing story, check back for updates in a few minutes.
UPDATE 6:12 PM EDT --
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says there is NO TSUNAMI THREAT.
Great! But how do they know? The Tsunami Warning Buoys seem to be offline . . . .
Here's the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center Report:
WEAK53 PAAQ 022145 TIBAK1 Tsunami Information Statement Number 1 NWS National Tsunami Warning Center Palmer AK 145 PM AKDT Tue Apr 2 2019 ...THIS IS A TSUNAMI INFORMATION STATEMENT FOR ALASKA, BRITISH COLUMBIA, WASHINGTON, OREGON AND CALIFORNIA... EVALUATION ---------- * There is no tsunami danger for the U.S. West Coast, British Columbia, or Alaska. * Based on earthquake information and historic tsunami records, the earthquake is not expected to generate a tsunami. * An earthquake has occurred with parameters listed below. PRELIMINARY EARTHQUAKE PARAMETERS --------------------------------- * The following parameters are based on a rapid preliminary assessment of the earthquake and changes may occur. * Magnitude 6.5 * Origin Time 1336 AKDT Apr 02 2019 1436 PDT Apr 02 2019 2136 UTC Apr 02 2019 * Coordinates 52.0 North 178.0 East * Depth 19 miles * Location 55 miles NW of Amchitka, Alaska 225 miles W of Adak, Alaska ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND NEXT UPDATE -------------------------------------- * Refer to the internet site tsunami.gov for more information. * Pacific coastal regions outside California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, and Alaska should refer to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center messages at tsunami.gov. * This will be the only U.S. National Tsunami Warning Center message issued for this event unless additional information becomes available. $$
Here is an image from the National Data Buoy Center showing (in red) the Tsunami Warning Buoys in that area. Look how many are OFFLINE:
So how can they know there is "no tsunami threat" when the very instruments which would tell them -- are broken?