ALASKA-The tsunami warning and advisories along the coast of British Columbia following strong a earthquake have been cancelled.

The earthquake that hit 140 kilometres northwest of Dixon Entrance off of Alaska has now been slightly downgraded to a magnitude 7.5. It hit just before 1:00 a.m.

A tsunami warning was in effect for the coastal areas of British Columbia and Alaska from the north tip of Vancouver Island to Cape Suckling Alaska, and an advisory was also cancelled for the coastal areas from the Washington-BC border to the north tip of Vancouver Island.

The earthquake hit at a depth of 3 miles below the surface.

The epicenter was about 440 kilometres from the popular cruise ship terminal in Juneau.

BC’s emergency notification centre believed a tsunami would have been generated that could have impacted low-lying coastal areas in northern and central areas.

Local governments in the warning zones were urged to activate their emergency plans and evacuate areas at risk of tsunami activity.