Quake hits Alaska, tsunami warning

2011-09-02 14:21
Washington - A 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck on Friday in the Aleutian Islands off Alaska, the US Geological Survey reported, prompting a tsunami warning for a portion of Alaska's coast.

The warning was posted for coastal areas from Unimak Pass, 128km northeast of Dutch Harbour, to Amchitka Pass, 201km west of Adak.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said it did not see a threat of a widespread destructive tsunami from the quake, which was centred in the Pacific Ocean, 172km southeast of Atka, Alaska.

The quake, which struck at 10:55 GMT, was 35km deep, the USGS said.

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