Author Topic: Magnitude 8.0 Earthquake Strikes the Aleutian Islands, Tsunami Warnings Issued  (Read 182 times)

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A tsunami warning was issued on Monday for part of the Aleutian Islands after an earthquake struck off Alaska.

The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude-8.0 quake was recorded at 12:53 p.m. local time Monday afternoon. It was centered about 13 miles southeast of Little Sitkin Island.

There were no immediate reports of any injuries or damage.

Natasha Ruppert, a seismologist with the Alaska Earthquake Center, said the communities that would have suffered damage are also under tsunami warnings, so people may not have been able to get out and check for damage yet.

It was recorded at a depth of 60 miles, which is relatively shallow for an earthquake in the Aleutian Islands. The shallower the quake, the more likely it will be felt.

The National Tsunami Warning Center in Palmer, Alaska, issued a tsunami warning for coastal areas between Nikolski to Attu, on the Aleutian Islands. A warning means significant inundation is possible or occurring. Residents are being warned to move inland toward higher ground.
« Last Edit: June 23, 2014, 06:46:56 PM by Atomic Cow »
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