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Major earthquake hits Alaska

No initial reports of damage from 7.1 magnitude quake

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (UPI) | September 2, 2011

A 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck off the Aleutian Islands in Alaska Friday. A tsunami warning was issued, then canceled.

"No destructive tsunami has been recorded and no tsunami danger exists along the coasts of the U.S. west coast states, Alaska and British Columbia," a message from the Alaska Tsunami Warning Center said, canceling an earlier alert.

The earthquake hit in a sparsely populated region and there were no reports of damage or injuries, authorities said.

The epicenter of the quake, about 21 miles deep, was about 45 miles southeast of Amukta Pass, Alaska, 107 miles east of Atka, Alaska, and 1,659 miles west-southwest of Anchorage, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

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