Friday, 2 September 2011

USGS: Tsunami warning for Alaska's Aleutian Islands after 7.1 quake in ocean


10-degree map showing recent earthquakes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck on Friday in the Aleutian Islands off Alaska, the U.S. Geological Survey reported, prompting a tsunami warning for a portion of Alaska's coast.
The warning was posted for coastal areas from Unimak Pass, 80 miles northeast of Dutch Harbor, to Amchitka Pass, 125 miles west of Adak.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said it did not see a threat of a widespread destructive tsunami from the quake, which was centered in the Pacific Ocean, 107 miles southeast of Atka, Alaska.
The quake, which struck at 6:55 a.m. EDT, was 22.1 miles deep, the USGS said.
(Washington World Desk)