Powerful quake jolts Alaska towns, produces small tsunami

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A powerful earthquake located off Alaska’s southern coast jolted some coastal communities late Tuesday, forcing some residents to briefly scramble for higher ground over fears of a tsunami.

    There were no immediate reports of damage in the sparsely populated area of the state, and a tsunami warning was canceled after the magnitude 7.8 quake off the Alaska Peninsula produced a wave of less than a foot.

    The quake was centered about 65 miles offshore.

    Strong shaking was reported by residents in communities within 100 miles, and some people in Anchorage, 500 miles away, also reported feeling the powerful earthquake.

     

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