6.1 quake shakes Aleutian Islands

Posted: Monday, November 03, 2008

ANCHORAGE - The U.S. Geological Survey reported a significant earthquake near Alaska's remote Aleutian Islands.

The agency said in a preliminary report that the magnitude-6.1 quake struck the seismically active but sparsely populated island chain at 4:49 a.m. Sunday at a depth of about 39 miles. It was centered 35 miles southwest of Atka and 1,136 miles southwest of Anchorage.

A police dispatcher in the town of St. Paul some 400 miles away said he felt no tremors and has heard no reports of damages or injuries.

The West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center said a tsunami was not expected.

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