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Powerful quakes in Aleutians; no tsunami alert


PALMER, Alaska — Officials say a magnitude 6.4 earthquake followed by a series of smaller temblors struck in a remote area of Alaska’s Aleutian Islands late yesterday.

Geophysicist Guy Urban at the West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center in Palmer says that while the quakes might have been felt in the small island community of Adak, the center has heard no reports of damage. No tsunami warning was issued.

The U.S. Geologic Survey says the first quake was recorded at 6:26 p.m. and was centered in the Pacific Ocean about 60 miles southeast of Adak and about 1,180 miles southwest of Anchorage.

Over the next hour quakes struck with magnitudes of 6.1, 5.3 and 4.6. All were centered in the same area as the larger quake.

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