>> I hear sirens, I see lights and rumors that people are scrambling to evacuate.>> A major magnitude 7.9 earthquake hit just off the coast of Alaska Tuesday, prompting a tsunami warning for the state's coastline that urge people in the area to head inland for higher ground. The US Geological Survey recorded a massive tremor roughly 150 miles southeast of Kodiak Alaska, but there were no immediate reports of damage.
Tsunami warnings were issued for parts of Alaska and Canada, and the entire West Coast was on tsunami watch. Warnings were also issued as far south as San Francisco where residents who live close to the Pacific Ocean or five blocks from the bay were told to prepare to evacuate by the city's Department of Emergency Management.
All tsunami warnings have since been lifted. Japan's meteorological agency said it was monitoring the situation but did not issue a tsunami alert. In 2011 a magnitude 9.0 earthquake, the strongest ever recorded there set off a powerful tsunami that killed at least 15,000 and caused the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant disaster.
Earlier on Tuesday, a moderately strong earthquake struck south of Jakarta, Indonesia where residents and office workers fled high-rise buildings, no deaths or injuries were reported.