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Large quake strikes off Alaska but no tsunami expected

By Star-Advertiser staff

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LAST UPDATED: 08:56 a.m. HST, Sep 14, 2011



A large earthquake struck off Alaska's Aleutian islands but did not generate a Pacific-wide tsunami this morning, officials said.

The quake, with a preliminary magnitude of 6.1, struck 16 miles north-northwest of Attu, Alaska at 9:10 a.m. near the epicenter (8:10 a.m. Hawaii time), according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center said that a tsunami is not expected. "However, in coastal areas of intense shaking, locally generated tsunamis can be triggered by underwater landslides," center officials said.

There were no immediate reports of damage.






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