Saturday, January 5, 2013

Earthquake Strikes Off Alaska, Prompting Tsunami Warnings -

Earthquake Strikes Off Alaska, Prompting Tsunami Warnings - "A powerful earthquake struck the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Alaska around midnight Friday night, causing tsunami warnings on the mainland and jolting some residents of Alaska.

The earthquake initially registered a magnitude 7.7 from the United States Geological Service, but that was later downgraded to 7.6, and its epicenter was placed at 63 miles west of Craig.

The West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center said that a "tsunami with significant widespread inundation of is land is expected." The tsunami warning included areas southeast of Cordova, Alaska, and ran to the north tip of Vancouver Island.

There were no initial reports of damage from the quake.

The Juneau Empire, an Alaskan newspaper, quoted one resident of that city, Archie Hinman, as saying the quake "shook my Juneau home violently enough to awaken the entire family.” But he added that there was no apparent damage to the home."

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