Moment tsunami sirens blare across Alaska after 8.2 magnitude earthquake hits

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Haunting footage has captured tsunami warning sirens blaring out across a region in Alaska moments after a huge 8.2 magnitude earthquake struck off the US coast.

The mammoth quake struck off the coast of Perryville, Alaska at around 6.15am GMT.

It is the largest to strike the US since 1965 and the National Weather Service Seattle has said it is “evaluating” the threat of tsunamis for the west coast.

But footage has shown sirens warning about tsunamis are already blaring out across the region.

In scenes that would not look out of place in an apocalyptic movie, a motorist films the moment the screeching sirens blare.

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In another clip shared to Snapchat, a homeowner looks out across Kodiak Island as the sirens sound.

People have been told to evacuate to higher ground with the sirens heard across the Kodiak Island in Alaska.

Officials as far away as New Zealand are assessing the tsunami threat.

New Zealand's National Emergency Management Agency tweeted: "We are assessing whether the M8.1 ALASKA PENINSULA earthquake poses any tsunami threat to New Zealand.

"If a tsunami has been generated it is not likely to arrive in New Zealand for at least 12 hours hours."

An alert sent to people's phones said: "The National Weather Service has issued a TSUNAMI WARNING. A series of powerful waves and strong currents may impact coasts near you.

"You are in danger. Get away from coastal waters.

"Move to higher ground or inland now. Keep away from the coast until local officials say it is safe to return."

According to the US Geological survey, aftershocks of 6.2 and 5.6 magnitude have been recorded.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) has also issued a warning for the US state of Hawaii and the US Pacific territory of Guam.

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