Major Quake Off Alaska Causes Tsunami Warning
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-- This collection of satellite images was originally produced on March 14, 2011, days after the 9.0-magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami struck the northeast coast of Japan. The known death toll came to 15,848 with 3,305 missing. The tsunami also inundated the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant causing a series of failures that led to the world's largest nuclear disaster since Chernobyl. The above photos show Yuriage in Natori (top); and Yagawahama (bottom) -- both are in Miyagi prefecture.
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An 8.0-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Alaska on Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, generating a local tsunami warning.
But the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said that "based on all available data, a destructive Pacific-wide tsunami is not expected," adding that Hawaii was also not at risk.
The epicenter of the quake, which struck at 12:53 p.m local time, was located 15 miles (24 kilometers) southeast of Alaska's Little Sitkin Island.
According to the Anchorage Daily News, the National Tsunami Warning Center warned of "widespread dangerous coastal flooding accompanied by powerful currents."
The quake was relatively shallow, about 62 miles. "The depth of this earthquake will limit the extent of tsunami danger," the updated tsunami warning said.
The AP reported there were no immediate reports of damage.