02 Sep '11, 11am

7.1 quake hits Alaska, local tsunami warning issued but no threat of a 'widespread destructive tsunami'

7.1 quake hits Alaska, local tsunami warning issued but no threat of a 'widespread destructive tsunami'

A major 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck Alaska's Aleutian Islands early on Friday, triggering a tsunami warning for the remote region, the US Geological Service reported. -- PHOTO: AFP WASHINGTON (AFP) - A major 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck Alaska's Aleutian Islands early on Friday, triggering a tsunami warning for the remote region, the US Geological Survey (USGS) reported. The quake occurred at 1.55am (6.55pm Singapore time) at a depth of 33 miles (35km), some 80 miles (130km) 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 (1,600km) from the state's largest city Anchorage, USGS added. The temblor 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 ...

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