Alaska earthquake. A subsea earthquake was recorded on Friday near the Fox Islands, a group of islands in eastern Aleutian Islands in Alaska.
It was recorded by the United States Geological Survey as 35.5 km in depth; with the epicenter located in close proximity to Amukta Island, Alaska; Yunaska Island, Alaska; Anchorage, Alaska; and Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada.
Spokesman for the Alaska Department of Homeland Security, Jeremy Zidek told AP that the earthquake did not pose any danger.
Initially, the quake had prompted a tsunami warning for the Dutch Harbor, Alaska area. The last destructive earthquake to occur in Alaska was a 9.2 magnitude quake in March 1962. When a 5.8-magnitude earthquake shook the East Coast last week, millions of people felt it.
The earthquake and resulting tsunami were especially destructive to the town of Valdez, where 31 people died. Zidek said the state stepped up its earthquake and tsunami preparedness after 1964.
The West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center in Palmer, Alaska, alerted communities Friday morning. The center provides tsunami warnings for Alaska, California, Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia.
Zidek said that various regions of Alaska experience earthquakes, tsunamis, wildfires, floods, avalanches and sea storms. A tsunami warning was in effect Friday morning for parts of the Aleutian Islands after a 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Alaska.
The tsunami warning was canceled after only a small wave was recorded near Atka, Alaska. The tsunami warning was in effect for coastal areas of Alaska from Unimak Pass to Amchitka Pass.
The Alaska earthquake comes just days after Alaska governor Sean Parnell warned Alaska residents to prepare for a natural disaster by stocking up on supplies and having an emergency plan in place.
The Alaska earthquake is the third large earthquake to hit the U.S. in less than two weeks.