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Alaska earthquake, magnitude 6.8 prompts brief tsunami warning

Alaska earthquake: The tsunami warning was canceled after only a small wave was recorded in the community of Atka, Alaska.

This June 24 file photo shows fishing boats as they steam out of the Alaska port of Dutch Harbor. A strong 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck Alaska's Aleutian Islands early September 2, 2011, triggering a tsunami warning for the remote region that was later lifted, the US Geological Survey reported.

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A 6.8-magnitude earthquake in the Pacific Ocean prompted a brief tsunami warning early Friday morning for Alaska's Aleutian Islands.

The warning was canceled after only a small wave was recorded in the community of Atka, Alaska.

"In Atka, they had a little bump of a wave, but nothing of any kind of a destructive power. Just a wave," said Jeremy Zidek, a spokesman for the Alaska Department of Homeland Security.

The earthquake struck at about 6:55 a.m. EDT (1055 GMT), and there were no initial reports of injuries or damage, according to the United States Geological Survey.

The tsunami warning was issued for coastal areas of Alaska from Unimak Pass to Amchitka Pass, remote and not heavily populated areas.

Residents were evacuating to higher ground in Atka but then stopped at the cancellation, Zidek said.

The state emergency response center was staffed early Friday morning.

The preliminary measurement was that it was a 7.1-magnitude quake, but the USGS later put the official size at 6.8.

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In June, an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.2 in the same area of the Aleutians also prompted a tsunami warning.


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