A powerful 7.1 magnitude earthquake rocked Alaska this morning around 6:55am EDT. The quake triggered the tsunami warning system, advising those on the Aleutian Islands to take caution. However, only one small wave was recorded at the island of Atka. The tsunami alert has since been canceled. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) has later lowered the event to a magnitude 6.8 earthquake.

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There have been no reports of injuries nor of any damage. The town of Unalaska near Dutch Harbor had people fleeing for safety after sirens sounded. The USGS says that the quake was centered off shore just southeast of Atka Island at a realtively shallow depth of some 6.2 miles below the seabed. The initial tsunami warning system alerted the Aleutian Islands, as well as the Alaskan coast region between Unimak Pass and Amchitka Pass.

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So we have a bit of something for everyone today as Alaska is rocked by what initially was thought to be a 7.1 magnitude earthquake. The United States Geological Survey later downgraded it to a 6.8 magnitude. The quake occurred early this morning off shore of Atka Island in the Aleutian Island chain. The tsunami warning system was activated automatically, but later the alert was canceled. There are no reports of injuries or damage so far.