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Small earthquake strikes near Yakutat

National Weather Service: Quake not expected to generate a tsunami

Posted: September 14, 2011 - 6:11pm  |  Updated: September 14, 2011 - 11:06pm

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.7 struck 70 miles southeast of Yakutat on Wednesday evening, according to a release from the National Weather Service.

The temblor was felt in Juneau, approximately 225 miles southeast of Yakutat.

The quake in Yakutat, which struck at 6:07 p.m., is not expected to generate a tsunami, according to the NWS. Calls to the City and Borough of Yakutat office and the Yakutat Police Department were not answered.

The Southeast earthquake is one of three known temblors felt in Alaska on Wednesday. The Associated Press reports a magnitude 6.1 quake struck Wednesday morning in the Near Islands region, while a magnitude 4.1 temblor centered 21 miles northwest of Homer hit at about 4:30 p.m. Those two quakes produced no immediate reports of damage.

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