Anchorage : A 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck off Alaska’s Kodiak Island early Tuesday, prompting a tsunami warning for a large swath of the state’s coast and sending some residents fleeing to higher ground.

Officials at the National Tsunami Center cancelled the warning after a few tense hours after waves failed to show up in coastal Alaska communities.

Alaska’s Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management said there have been no reports of damage, so far. The strong earthquake hit at 12:30 a.m. (local time) and was recorded about 170 miles southeast of Kodiak Island in the Gulf of Alaska.

Reports varied about how long the shaking lasted. In the popular cruise ship town of Seward, about 230 miles northeast of Kodiak Island, fire chief Eddie Athey said the quake felt like a gentle rattle and lasted for up to 90 seconds.

Japan: Volcano sparks avalanche, soldier killed

Tokyo: A Japanese soldier was killed on Tuesday after a volcano erupted near a popular Japanese ski resort, sparking an avalanche that left several injured and scores stranded up a mountain, officials said. Footage broadcast on Japanese television showed thick black smoke interspersed with falling rocks rolling down the snow-covered side of the volcano towards a ski slope. “One of the six members of the Self Defence Forces has died after being caught up in an avalanche,” a defence ministry spokesman said.

Philippine volcano spews lava fountains, 56,000 people flee

MANILA: The Philippines’ most active volcano spewed fountains of red-hot lava and massive ash plumes anew on Tuesday in a dazzling but increasingly dangerous eruption that has sent more than 56,000 villagers fleeing to evacuation centres. Lava fountains gushed up 700 metres above Mount Mayon’s crater and ash plumes rose up to 3 kms. Three major blasts followed on Tuesday including an explosion at night that was capped by one of the most massive lava displays since the volcano’s erruption a week ago.

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