Tsunami warning canceled for Alaska after massive earthquake strikes off coast

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A large 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck off Alaska's Kodiak Island early Tuesday, prompting a tsunami warning for a large swath of coastal Alaska and Canada's British Columbia that was later downgraded to an advisory as possible destructive waves failed to materialize.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake was recorded about at 12:31 a.m. local time about 155 miles off of Chiniak, Alaska. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center initially said "widespread hazardous tsunami waves were possible," but later said waves failed to show up in coastal communities.

Buoy 46410, located northeast of the quake's epicenter, recorded a “water displacement” of 32 feet, the National Weather Service said. The reported 32 foot wave, however, failed to materialize in coastal areas, which only saw between a one and three-foot rise.

Officials in coastal areas told residents to hold fast at evacuation centers until further notice and wait for an "all clear" before returning to low-lying areas. The town of Kodiak has several shelters above the 100-foot mark, and police encouraged people below that level to evacuate. Police have not yet received any reports of damage.

The Alaska Earthquake Information Center said the quake was felt widely in several communities on the Kenai Peninsula and throughout southern Alaska, but it also had no immediate reports of damage.

"This is a very large earthquake, and Alaska is no stranger to earthquakes or tsunamis," Fox News' Senior Meteorologist Janice Dean said on "FOX & friends." "They've had four of them in the past."