Alaska Earthquake: 7.1 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Alaska, Tsunami Warning Issued

By on Sep 2, 2011 in Natural Disasters, Science, United States, World Comments

A strong subsea 7.1 magnitude earthquake was recorded near the Fox Islands, a group of islands in eastern Aleutian Islands in Alaska on early Friday, September 2, 2011 at about 1:55 AM Alaska time (11:55 AM GMT), several international news sites reported that day.

According to United States Geological Survey (USGS), the earthquake struck at a depth of 35.5 km. Its epicenter was located 45 km (27 miles) SW of Amukta Island, Alaska; 85 km (52 miles) SW of Yunaska Island, Alaska; 1658 km (1030 miles) WSW of Anchorage, Alaska; and 2410 km (1497 miles) W of Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada.

Epicenter of Alaska Earthquake
Epicenter of Alaska Earthquake
Credit: Irish Weather Online

Reports said that a tsunami warning has been issued which affects coastal areas of Alaska from Unimak Pass, Alaska (80 miles NE of Dutch Harbor) to Amchitka Pass, Alaska (125 miles W of Adak).

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries caused by this earthquake.

Update: The magnitude of this earthquake has been downgraded to 6.8 by USGS. (Source)

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