02 Sep '11, 11am

7.1-magnitude quake hits Alaska, local tsunami warning

WASHINGTON - A major 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck Alaska's Aleutian Islands early Friday, triggering a tsunami warning for the remote region, the US Geological Survey reported. The quake occurred at 1:55am (1055 GMT) at a depth of 33 miles (35 kilometers), some 80 miles (130 kilometers) from the town of Dutch Harbor, one of several spots in the Pacific island chain that host commercial fishing operations. The epicentre was some 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometers) from the state's largest city Anchorage, USGS added. The tremor triggered an alert by the West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center, which said a tsunami warning was in effect for parts of coastal Alaska, but that "a widespread destructive tsunami threat does not exist". The Aleutian Islands sit on the Pacific Ring of Fire, a horseshoe-shaped seismic belt some 25,000 miles (40,000 kilometres) long where the major...

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