Mag­ni­tude-7.9 Alaska quake spawns small tsunami

The Covington News - - THE WIRE -

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A strong earthquake near Alaska’s Aleu­tian Is­lands trig­gered a tsunami warn­ing Mon­day, but only small waves mea­sur­ing sev­eral inches hit coastal com­mu­ni­ties.

The Na­tional Tsunami Warn­ing Cen­ter can­celed all tsunami warn­ings late Mon­day af­ter­noon, about four hours af­ter the earthquake struck.

The mag­ni­tude-7.9 earthquake was cen­tered about 13 miles south­east of Lit­tle Sitkin Is­land, or about 1,400 miles south­west of Anchorage.

There were no re­ports of dam­age, said Jeremy Zidek, a spokesman for the Alaska Depart­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity and Emer­gency Man­age­ment.

Res­i­dents in some com­mu­ni­ties like Adak, which were first in line for the tsunami, did evac­u­ate.

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