by Jackie Bartz
Saturday, February 27, 2010
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- A devastating earthquake hit Chile Friday night, killing hundreds of Chileans and causing tsunami warnings and advisories across the West Coast -- including Alaska.
Alaska's advisory was canceled Saturday night by the West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center, or WCATWC.
The tsunami is making its way up the coast of Alaska Saturday evening, with waves under a foot expected to sweep through boat harbors in Sitka, Kodiak and Seward, but most Alaskans say there are no noticeable effects.
Web camera video from the Ketchikan boat harbor looks the same before and after the tsunami. Seward resident Angela Campbell took photos of the surge, but said there was nothing exciting to speak of. The WCATWC says Sitka saw a surge of about six inches.
The Coast Guard will be on standby Saturday night in case something happens, and several cities have organized response teams. But it seems like the tsunami swept up the West Coast without leaving much of a mark.