The Homer Spit is evacuated during the July 28 tsunami warning at about 10:50 p.m. (Photo by Sarah Knapp)

The Homer Spit is evacuated during the July 28 tsunami warning at about 10:50 p.m. (Photo by Sarah Knapp)

UPDATE: Peninsula given all clear following earthquake, tsunami warning

An 8.2 magnitude earthquake Wednesday night spurred tsunami evacuations for coastal communities

Updated as of 12:41 a.m.

An “all clear” was issued by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Office of Emergency Management early Thursday morning after a tsunami warning issued on Wednesday night was downgraded to an “advisory status” for coastal communities. The tsunami warning was issued following an 8.2 magnitude earthquake on July 28.

According to an update shared by OEM on Facebook shortly after midnight on Thursday, an “advisory” means strong waves or currents may be dangerous to persons in or near the water.

Warning and evacuation measures are no longer in place for coastal communities, including Kachemak Bay and Resurrection Bay, as of 12:30 a.m. on July 29. The warning did not include communities north of Anchor Point, north of Bear Creek or central peninsula communities.

Wave arrival times were estimated at 1:15 a.m. for Homer and Kachemak Bay communities. Wave arrival times were estimated at 12:20 a.m. for Seward and Resurrection Bay communities, according to KPB Alerts.

A tsunami warning was issued at around 10:45 p.m. by OEM on Wednesday and people were advised to evacuate low-lying areas immediately.

This is a developing story.

Reach reporter Ashlyn O’Hara at ashlyn.ohara@peninsulaclarion.com. Homer News editor Michael Armstrong contributed to this story.

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