Major Quake Off Alaska Causes Tsunami Warning

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An 8.0-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Alaska on Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, generating a local tsunami warning.

But the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said that "based on all available data, a destructive Pacific-wide tsunami is not expected," adding that Hawaii was also not at risk.

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The epicenter of the quake, which struck at 12:53 p.m local time, was located 15 miles (24 kilometers) southeast of Alaska's Little Sitkin Island.

According to the Anchorage Daily News, the National Tsunami Warning Center warned of "widespread dangerous coastal flooding accompanied by powerful currents."

The quake was relatively shallow, about 62 miles. "The depth of this earthquake will limit the extent of tsunami danger," the updated tsunami warning said.

The AP reported there were no immediate reports of damage.