UPDATE 3-Major quakes strike in Pacific off Alaska

Fri Jun 24, 2011 1:15am EDT

(tsunami warning canceled; no damage, injuries reported; previous WASHINGTON)

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, June 23 (Reuters) - A major earthquake of 7.4 magnitude struck in the Pacific Ocean more than 1,000 miles (1,600 km) west of Anchorage on Thursday, prompting a brief tsunami warning for part of the remote Aleutian Islands chain.

No damage or injuries were reported. The warning, which extended for roughly 800 miles (1,300 km) -- from Unimak Pass, northeast of Dutch Harbor, westward to Amchitka Pass, west of Adak Island -- was canceled after a little more than an hour.

A tsunami wave measuring just 6 centimeters tall was recorded at Nikolski, a tiny Aleut village on the island of Umnak, and a 10-centimeter wave was observed at Adak, said Becki Legatt, a spokeswoman for the West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center in Palmer, Alaska.

The coast of the entire Alaska peninsula and all of the Alaska mainland were never considered to be threatened.

The quake struck shortly after 7 p.m. local time (0300 GMT) at a depth of about 25 miles (40 km). A second tremor of magnitude 7.2 hit in the same vicinity of the Aleutians a half-minute later, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

Quakes of 7 to 8 magnitudes and higher are relatively common in the Aleutians but are generally of little consequence because the island chain is so remote and sparsely populated.

"This is a very seismically active area," said Randy Baldwin, a USGS geophysicist with the National Earthquake Information Center in Golden, Colorado.

A tsunami warning means all coastal residents in the warning area who are near the beach or in low-lying regions should move immediately to higher ground and away from harbors and inlets, including those sheltered directly from the sea. (Reporting by Yereth Rosen in Anchorage; Writing by Steve Gorman; Editing by Philip Barbara)

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Comments (3)
BBC reported the quake three quarters of an hour ago CNN still nothing (instead it talks about some trial of a women accused of killing her child rather than dealing with the here and now) and this news site we didn’t get anything until 24 minutes ago.
Why is reporting on something that could be so significant not instant rather than letting foreign news agencies report it before American new services bother to tell the US public.

Jun 23, 2011 12:19am EDT  --  Report as abuse
pendy wrote:
rudy

if its any help the bbc do not report the eq near us
we never had any reports on the greece or turkey eq
and only got the iceland one when it had closed the airports

so its the same everywhere

the chile one was only reported as it was in line with aussie

pendy

Jun 24, 2011 7:57am EDT  --  Report as abuse
pendy wrote:
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“This is a very seismically active area,” said Randy Baldwin, a USGS geophysicist with the National Earthquake Information Center in Golden, Colorado.

any chance of the his full comment ?
nice to see you have linked usgs

Jun 24, 2011 8:00am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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