Big Aftershocks Still Rattling Alaskan Island

They follow yesterday's 7.0 quake near Adak

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Aug 31, 2013 6:53 AM CDT

(Newser) – Several aftershocks rattled a remote Aleutian Island region off Alaska in the hours after a major 7.0 temblor struck with a jet-like rumble that shook homes and sent residents scrambling for cover. At least three dozen aftershocks, including one reaching magnitude 6.1 in strength, struck after the major quake yesterday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. There were no reports of damage or injuries from the earthquake, which occurred in a seismically active region. It was strongly felt in Atka, an Aleut community of 64 people, and the larger Aleutian town of Adak, where 320 people live.

The earthquake and the aftershocks didn't trigger any tsunami warnings, but Michael Burgy with the West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center in Palmer, Alaska, said the center is monitoring for potential tsunamis caused by landslides, either on land or under water. The Alaska Earthquake Information Center said the primary earthquake was centered 67 miles southwest of Adak, about 1,200 miles southwest of Anchorage. Shaking lasted up to one minute.

This 2010 photo shows Adak, Alaska.
This 2010 photo shows Adak, Alaska.   ((AP Photo/State of Alaska?Division of Community & Regional Affairs))
This 2004 photo shows the village of Atka on Atka Island, Alaska.
This 2004 photo shows the village of Atka on Atka Island, Alaska.   (Robert McGimsey)
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