Jason Hanna and Madeline Holcombe
The warning sent people to higher ground in cities like Sand Point, an island community of about 1,000 people off the peninsula, the Anchorage Daily News reported.
Strong shaking was reported on the peninsula, the USGS said. Light to weak shaking was reported around Kodiak, about 300 miles northeast of the quake's center, and in Anchorage, some 530 miles from the center, according to the USGS.
In Kodiak, a city of about 6,000 people, a long line of cars headed up a mountain after residents learned of the tsunami warning late Tuesday, John Cannon told KTUU.
A 6.5 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Fiji this morning, the US Geological Survey says.
The quake occurred just before 9.30am and was centred 42km east-north-east of Fiji’s Ndoi Island, and 423km south-east of the capital Suva and 336km west-north-west of Tonga’s capital Nuku’alofa.
The quake struck at a depth of 349 miles.No tsunami warning has been issued.
Deeper quakes are less noticeable while a shallow quake–in the 0 to 40 mile depth range–can feel much stronger than their actual reported magnitude. Quakes just below the earth’s surface, in the 0 to 10 miles range, can cause even more damage at lower magnitudes.