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Alaska Earthquake

June 24, 2011 by USA Post 

Alaska EarthquakeAlaska Earthquake, A magnitude 7.3 earthquake struck Alaska’s Aleutian Islands today, but a Pacific-wide tsunami is not expected, officials said.

The quake struck at 6:09 pm in Alaska (17:09 in Hawaii) and a regional tsunami warning was in effect for coastal areas of the Aleutian Islands.

However, the West Coast Tsunami Warning Center Alaska Tsunami warning canceled at 6:19 pm Hawaii time. The warning covers an area 80 miles northeast of Dutch Harbor about 125 miles west of Adak.

The Alaska Earthquake Information Center said the quake was felt throughout central Aleutians and east to Dutch Harbor and Unalaska. There are no immediate reports of damage.

In the Dutch port, stevedore Jim Paulin said sirens have caused hundreds of people to begin climbing a nearby hill.

The Tsunami Warning Center in Ewa Beach Pacific issued a statement saying: “A destructive Pacific-wide tsunami not expected and there is no tsunami threat to Hawaii.”

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake was centered 29 miles in the ocean, 39 kilometers southwest of the island Amukta and 1,042 miles west-southwest of Anchorage.

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