DEREK CLARKSTON/Kodiak Daily Mirror

People seek shelter in the parking lot of Kodiak High School after a tsunami warning was issued following a preliminary magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck 75 miles south of Chignik late Tuesday evening.

Kodiak residents rushed for high ground late Tuesday evening after a preliminary magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck south of Chignik, sending a tsunami warning across coastal Alaska. 

The earthquake was triggered at 10:13 p.m., and its epicenter was 75 south of Chignik, 8 miles below the Earth’s surface.

Tsunami sirens sounded minutes later, prompting residents to seek higher ground. By 11 p.m., the parking lots at Kodiak High School, Safeway and Walmart were full of people and cars, while a line of vehicles caravaned up Pillar Mountain. 

The National Tsunami Warning Center in Palmer stated that a tsunami was scheduled to hit Sand Point at 11:15 p.m., Kodiak at 12:05 a.m. Wednesday and Cold Bay at 12:15 a.m. 

The waves never materialized, and the center canceled the tsunami warning around 12:30 a.m. 

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