Strong earthquake triggers tsunami warning off Alaska coast

BY newsdesk  June 23, 2014 at 5:58 PM EDT

A tsunami warning has been issued for parts of Alaska’s Aleutian Island chain after a magnitude-8.0 earthquake.

The U.S. Geological Survey recorded the earthquake at 12:53 p.m. local time Monday.

Residents of the city of Adak on the western edge of the Aleutian Islands chain, evacuated the town, the Associated Press reports.

The USGS had originally reported a 7.1-magnitude quake, but the Alaska Earthquake Center upgraded it to 8.0, according to Reuters.