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Alaska Earthquake, No Tsunami Expected

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By Wend Osher

Map courtesy, NOAA West Coast & Alaska Tsunami Warning Center.

A 6.1 earthquake was reported in the Aleutian Islands near Alaska.  The quake was reported at 8:10 a.m. HST (9:10 a.m. near the epicenter) on Wednesday, September 14, 2011.

The earthquake occurred at a depth of 1 km, according to the USGS.

Location to nearby cities is as follows:  21 miles NNW of  Attu Station, Alaska; 596 miles E of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, Russia; and 2009 miles NE of Tokyo, Japan.

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The NOAA West Coast & Alaska Tsunami Warning Center issued a statement this morning saying the magnitude is such that a tsunami IS NOT EXPECTED. However, in coastal areas of intense shaking, locally generated tsunamis can be triggered by underwater landslides.

Aleutian Islands quake near Alaska, September 14, 2011. Map courtesy USGS.

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