6.8 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Off Coast of Alaska

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ALASKA—(ENEWSPF)—September 2, 2011.  The U.S. Geological Survey reports that an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.8 struck Friday off the coast of Alaska. USGS initially reported this event at 7.1 magnitude but later revised that figure.

The quake’s epicenter was at coordinates 52.185°N, 171.684°W in the Aleutian Islands, approximately 120 miles from Atka, Alaska, 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. The depth of the event was 35.5 km (22.1 miles).

A tsunami warning was initially issued for coastal areas of Alaska but has now been canceled. 

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

Source: U.S. Geological Survey