User Login    
 + Register
News : Magnitutde-7.9 Earthquake Spawns Small Tsunami
Posted by Randy on 2014/6/24 3:56:38 (179 reads) News by the same author

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- A strong earthquake near Alaska's Aleutian Islands triggered a tsunami warning Monday, but only small waves measuring several inches hit coastal communities.
Click to see original Image in a new window

The National Tsunami Warning Center canceled all tsunami warnings late Monday afternoon, about four hours after the earthquake struck.

The magnitude-7.9 earthquake was centered about 13 miles southeast of Little Sitkin Island, or about 1,400 miles southwest of Anchorage.

There were no reports of damage, said Jeremy Zidek, a spokesman for the Alaska Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

Residents in some communities like Adak, which were first in line for the tsunami, did evacuate.

"We're seeing water leave our bay, so we do have everybody up on the Bering Hill area, where our primary evacuation center is at," City Manager Layton Lockett told The Associated Press by telephone as he gathered some paperwork before heading out to join about 300 residents at the center.

After the warning was canceled, he said everyone in town remains on alert. If anything significant were to happen, a siren will sound.

"We will expect everyone to go back on the hill ASAP," he said.

About 200 miles west, a tsunami wave of about 7 inches was reported at Amchitka Island, Zidek said. The wave diminished the further it traveled, reaching only a couple of inches at Adak and Shemya.

But the earthquake was widely felt in Adak, one of the largest cities in the affected area. Shaking could also be felt in Shemya and other villages along the island chain.

Lockett said the prolonged shaking from the temblor put it in the top 10 of those felt recently.

"Everybody in our building went out, watching the vehicles shake and waiting for it to end," he said.

Shemya Island is where the U.S. military operates Eareckson Air Station, which serves mainly as an early warning radar installation. Air Force officials said there was no damage to the air station.

Amchitka Island is where the government tested nuclear weapons underground in the 1960s and 70s. The tests included one of the United States' largest nuclear explosions.

Monday's earthquake was initially reported with a magnitude of 7.1, but that was upgraded to 8.0, said Natasha Ruppert, a seismologist with the Alaska Earthquake Center. In the review of data hours after the quake, the magnitude was downgraded to 7.9.

There were several strong aftershocks, with magnitudes reaching 5.9. Dave Nyland, a geophysicist at the National Tsunami Warning Center, said those would be too small to trigger a tsunami.

Printer Friendly Page Send this Story to a Friend Create a PDF from the article


Other articles
2014/11/23 9:43:24 - Miller County Man Pleads Guilty To Murdering 13-Year Old Girl
2014/11/23 9:35:19 - St. Joseph School District Receives Federal Subpoena
2014/11/23 9:27:48 - Deaths Of 2 Homeless Sedalia Men Linked To Cold
2014/11/23 9:18:47 - Hunter Dies After Being Shot In Northeast Missouri
2014/11/23 9:15:28 - Charred Body Of Kansas Man Found In Missouri
2014/11/23 9:02:23 - Livingston County Sheriff Activity Report
2014/11/23 8:24:42 - Jamesport Man Arrested After Chase With Livingston County Authorities
2014/11/23 8:20:00 - Tanker-Truck Overturns South Of Gallatin
2014/11/23 8:09:11 - Livingston County Transports To The Missouri Department Of Corrections
2014/11/20 10:11:22 - Trenton Purchasing Committee Meets For First Time
2014/11/20 10:09:02 - Breakfast Fundraiser Planned At VFW Hall In Trenton
2014/11/20 10:06:10 - Grundy County Commission Accepts Snow Removal Bid
2014/11/20 10:04:01 - Livingston County Library Hosts Decorating Program
2014/11/20 10:01:54 - Grundy County Nursing Home District Meets
2014/11/20 9:58:51 - Chillicothe Fire Department Responds To Grass And Shed Fires
2014/11/20 4:56:43 - Teen Pedestrian Hit By Van In Jamesport
2014/11/20 4:25:40 - Youngest Defendant Pleads Guilty To 3 Murders That Happened 5 Years Ago
2014/11/20 4:21:46 - Man Missing For Over A Month Found In Branson
2014/11/20 4:18:56 - Combine Sharing Program Aims To Boost Farm Income
2014/11/20 4:16:00 - Police: Young Man Beaten And Run Over
2014/11/20 4:12:27 - Monthly Budget For Mom Who Left Kids In Hot Car: $4,172
2014/11/20 4:03:25 - Gilman City Man Dies In Crowder State Park Accident
2014/11/19 10:21:39 - Trenton Board Of Public Works Meets
2014/11/19 6:35:15 - Cameron Trucker Receives Minor Injuries In Highway 169 Accident
2014/11/19 6:30:00 - Chillicothe, Hamilton Residents Injured In Highway 36 Accident
2014/11/19 4:25:58 - Baby Given ZzzQuil By Mom Also Had Nicotine Poisoning
2014/11/19 4:23:14 - New Bullet Dubbed "Last Round You'll Ever Need" Hits Market
2014/11/19 4:18:52 - Monster Snow Storm Hits New York: More Than 4 Feet Of Snow Falls
2014/11/19 4:14:42 - Missouri Executes Leon Taylor For 1994 Killing
2014/11/19 4:10:59 - Additional Plans Announced For Festival Of Trees



Bookmark this article at these sites

                   

Listen to KTTN-FM